Super Wolf Blood Moon


All photos taken by Andrea Cantu

Andrea Cantu, Staff Writer

This celestial event is this year’s only total lunar eclipse and generated quite the buzz. As explained by NASA, “Visible for its entirety in North and South America, this eclipse is referred to by some as a super blood moon – ‘super’ because the Moon will be closest to Earth in its orbit during the full moon and ‘blood’ because the total lunar eclipse will turn the Moon a reddish hue”.

A total lunar eclipse takes place when the entire Moon enters Earth’s shadow. The Earth’s atmosphere is responsible for the moon’s color change during the eclipse. “As sunlight passes through it, the small molecules that make up our atmosphere scatter blue light, which is why the sky appears blue. This leaves behind mostly red light that bends, or refracts, into Earth’s shadow. We can see the red light during an eclipse as it falls onto the Moon in Earth’s shadow.”, explained by NASA.

The name “Super Wolf Blood Moon” came from Old Farmer’s Almanac, where it says that the January full Moon was dubbed the “wolf” Moon by Native Americans because it occurred at a time of year when wolves would be howling with hunger. This full-moon supermoon is the first of three for this year. It is predicted that the next total lunar eclipse will not occur until May 26th, 2021. The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century occurred in July 27th, 2018, which lasted for 1 hour and 43 minutes.