The Super Blood Wolf Moon and only total lunar eclipse visible for the next couple of years occurred late Sunday night under clear but biting cold conditions. “Super” refers to the size of the moon, appearing to be larger than usual, “blood” because it appeared red during the eclipse due to the reflection of the earth’s atmosphere on the moon’s surface and “wolf,” a folklore description of a full moon in January, when the wolves are supposedly howling from cold and hunger. The eclipse started about 9:36 p.m. and ended about 11:16 p.m. An eclipse of the moon happens when the earth drifts between the sun and moon, casting a shadow. Eclipses are only total in the parts of the world that sit in the area directly facing the shadow. During this latest eclipse only people in North and South America, Western Europe and Northwestern Africa were able to view totality.

Quill Staff Reporter

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