Super Blood Wolf Moon did bring out the photographer in people
The total lunar eclipse and the resulting Super Blood Wolf Moon was a stunning celestial event that you might’ve missed if you were in India. Of course, there were live streams and loads of photos on the Internet, taken by residents of Britain, North and South America, and western and northern Europe.
The Super Blood Wolf Moon is called that not because looking at it might turn you into a werewolf (though, howling is definitely encouraged!). Because of the diffused light of the sun, the moon gets a rusty red colour that gives it its partial name- the ‘blood’ moon.
As for the ‘wolf’ part, according to the old farmer’s Almanac Native Americans and colonial Europeans used to call the full moon in January the ‘wolf moon’ because around this time of the year, the wolves would start howling to signal their hunger in winter.
On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create a total lunar eclipse with a supermoon bonus!
(There won’t be another one until 2021)
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) January 21, 2019
I loved astronomy and science my entire life. This is so thrilling to watch… thank you to the astronomers who are brilliant at their science, and are so precise in the super blood wolf moon timeline… science is magnificent… PS not a cloud in the sky! pic.twitter.com/8xltGz2MMK
— Joan Grande (@joangrande) January 21, 2019
THE SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON WAS SO PRETTY! IF YOU MISSED IT I GOT THIS PIC, YOU’RE WELCOME pic.twitter.com/x8xDvGRAme
— BLEACH BOY VEVO (@awsten) January 21, 2019
— HannahG. (@svtjiHOEn) January 21, 2019
— Glenn Foster (@Glennfoster07) January 21, 2019
Speaking of astronomy, here’s my eclipse picture from last night. I understand it was called the Super Mega Ultra Blood Death Wolf Pig Chicken Moon or some such. pic.twitter.com/XChKrAQCe9
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) January 21, 2019