Super blood wolf moon promises to be a lunar extravaganza

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Stargazers across California watched the full moon slip into the Earth's shadow during an eclipse on Sunday night.

It will also be the year's first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer position (what some people have termed a "super blood wolf moon"). 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. To be even more precise, the Royal Astronomical Society said viewers in northwestern France, northwestern Spain, Portugal, the eastern Pacific and northeastern tip of Russian Federation would see the total eclipse. The duration of the "totality" phase - when the moon ws completely engulfed in Earth's shadow - -was 62 minutes. You can only do this in January if you want to get that wolf designation into play.

There was only one total lunar eclipse this year, and it happened last night.

Experts say the lunar eclipse will begin around 8:36 p.m. but won't be fully visible until approximately 11:12 p.m. ending around 11:43 p.m. The rare celestial event was visible across the Northern Hemisphere, including North and South America, parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. The United States missed out on the longest total lunar eclipse of the century, which happened in July 2018.

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But why don't we see total lunar eclipses more often?

The super blood wolf moon is combination of three lunar events at once.

Partial eclipses are more common.

Unlike a solar eclipse, eye protection is not required for viewing.

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