Super Blood Wolf Moon treks through Sunday night sky


During a total lunar eclipse, the eclipsed, or blood, moon turns red from sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere.

Dozens of excited stargazers packed the Griffith Observatory Sunday night to get a look at the rare "super blood wolf moon", the last total lunar eclipse viewable in the Southland for the next two years. A blood moon is a total lunar eclipse in which the sun's rays give it a reddish tinge.

The entire eclipse took more than three hours.

The total lunar eclipse, which happens less than once per year on average, coincided at the same time as a supermoon, which occurs when the moon is full and closest to Earth in orbit.

Moon worshippers and everyone who was cleansing their crystals all over the world were mesmerized by the super blood wolf moon eclipse. In January, it's known as the "wolf moon", inspired by hungry wolves that howled outside of villages long ago, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. Frank Gunn/CP A lunar eclipse progresses behind the "Monumento a la Carta Magna y Las Cuatro Regiones Argentinas" in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

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What is a Super Blood Wolf Moon?

Totality, which is when the moon's completely bathed in Earth's shadow, lasted an hour. The rare celestial event was visible across the Northern Hemisphere, including North and South America, parts of Europe, Asia and Africa.

An eclipse of the moon progresses behind the CN Tower in Toronto on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.

Stargazers in the United Kingdom had to make do with watching the event on a live stream.

And unlike solar eclipses, the lunar eclipse was safe to view with the naked eye or binoculars.