Stargazers Share Images of ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’


The Feb. 19 full moon won't feature an eclipse, but it will rate as the biggest and brightest lunar spectacle of the year - which justifies the sole "supermoon" title in my book.

A picture taken on January 21, 2019 in Duisburg, Germany, shows a view of the Super Blood Moon above an industrial plant during a lunar eclipse.

Surrounded by stars, the eclipsed moon turns red over Mount Baker. This means that the next total lunar eclipse won't happen until 2021. It was a blood moon because the Earth's shadow completely covered the moon, giving it a reddish glow.

The total part of the eclipse runs for just over an hour, from 4:41am to 5:43am tomorrow (Monday) morning.

Watchers in North and South America, parts of Europe and western Africa, who were lucky enough to have clear skies, saw a total lunar eclipse - but eastern Africa and Asia observed a partial eclipse.

During a lunar eclipse, the Moon appears red because the light of the Sun no longer directly illuminates it, since Earth is passing in between the Moon and Sun.

Some people are also calling this moon a wolf moon. The moniker "wolf moon" was given because it appeared in January, when hungry wolves would howl outside villages in days gone by. Each moon has its own name associated with the full moon.

Blood moons and lunar eclipses of the past Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer, created fear in 1504 after he used knowledge of an upcoming blood moon to convince the Arawak Indians to help him while stranded in Jamaica. When the moon began to "bleed", the Arawak Indians were fooled into giving Columbus and his crew food.

Ireland is due to experience its most impressive lunar eclipse for the next 14 years overnight.