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Miss the lunar eclipse overnight? Here it is in 60 seconds

Miss the lunar eclipse overnight? Here it is in 60 seconds”

Astronomy Ireland says that the total part of the eclipse runs for just over an hour, from 4:41am to 5:43am on Monday morning, when the Moon will be high in the West as seen from the entire country.

The "super blood wolf moon" captured from Lowestoft this morning.

While over in the Karikari Peninsula Shona Stephens got some spectacular images of the moon from the top of Puwheke Hill.

The Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse passes over One World Trade Center on January 20, 2019 in New York City.

It's a rare event when a total lunar eclipse is visible on so many parts of the Earth's land mass, as is the case on Monday.

Totality - when the moon is completely bathed in Earth's shadow - lasted an hour.

Europeans last saw a total lunar eclipse in July 2018.

The moon was in flawless alignment with the sun and Earth, with the moon on the opposite side of Earth from the sun. The full moon was fully obscured before lighting up again with a faint red glow.

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. The beginning of the total eclipse phase occured at 11:41 p.m. ET, according to NASA. The moon appeared bigger than normal, with a red cast as sunlight was refracted through the Earth's atmosphere.

The depth of the deep blood red varies during each eclipse depending on how clear the atmosphere is at the time. Whenever this process of refraction happens, the moon is given the nickname "blood moon".

Some people are also calling this moon a wolf moon. The moniker "Wolf Moon" was given to every January moon by Native Americans. And David Wahl, the Director of Awesome at Seattle's Archie McPhee novelty emporium, suggested that from now on, each night's moon should be given a jazzy name. He led them to believe their lack of support would anger God and result in a blood moon in the sky.

The next total lunar eclipse isn't expected to occur until May 26, 2021.



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