Blood wolf super moon rises above Huron


Seen from Kingston through a haze of thin clouds, the Super Blood Wolf Moon darkens as the shadow of the Earth traverses during a total lunar eclipse Monday morning in Kingston, Ontario. on Monday, January 21, 2019. The next total lunar eclipse will not happen until May 26, 2021.
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Elliot Ferguson / Elliot Ferguson / Whig-Standard



A rare phenomenon called the blood wolf super moon was visible in Huron County earlier this week.

Without needing any special equipment, the moon appeared red for about half an hour, which took away the astronomers despite the extremely cold weather and a blistering snowstorm.

Direct sunlight is blocked by the Earth, which in turn makes the only light that can reach it is the sunlight that is refracted by Earth's atmosphere.

Because of this, the moon appears to change from white to rust.

Paired with the moon being a super moon, which happens when the moon is closest to Earth during its elliptical orbit, the moon was extremely visible to the naked eye.

The term wolf moon simply comes from being the first full moon of the year.

These three phenomena combined to produce a spectacular spectacle when the clock struck midnight.

According to NASA officials, this was the only total lunar eclipse to be held in 2019.

The eclipse lasts about 40 minutes, with the peak of the eclipse happening at 00:12 on Sunday, January 20.

Weather conditions have hampered the visibility of the eclipse, but enthusiasts were able to see the eclipse when conditions began to clear at 11 pm.

The next lunar eclipse will be May 16, 2022.


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