Lowestoft photographer's stunning 'super blood wolf moon' pictures

Pat Wise
January 23, 2019

The Feb. 19 full moon won't feature an eclipse, but it will rate as the biggest and brightest lunar spectacle of the year - which justifies the sole "supermoon" title in my book.

The "super blood wolf moon" captured from Lowestoft this morning. The moon's orbital path around the Earth takes place at an angle of 5 degrees to Earth's orbital plane around the sun, otherwise known as the ecliptic.

Unlike a solar eclipse, which people need special protective glasses to view safely, it was perfectly safe to look up at the lunar eclipse with the naked eye.

A variety of factors affect the appearance of the moon during a total lunar eclipse.

The eclipse's name derives from three factors - it is the year's first full moon (wolf moon), the moon is at its closest distance to the Earth (super moon), and a total lunar eclipse which makes the moon appear red (blood moon). The term "penumbral" refers to a situation in which the moon just skirts into the lightest part of the Earth's shadow, meaning the eclipse is just barely visible.

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A picture taken on January 21, 2019 the Super Blood Moon seen behind the equestrian statue of the Saxon king Johann during a lunar eclipse in Dresden, Germany. The moon appeared bigger than normal, with a red cast as sunlight was refracted through the Earth's atmosphere.

The depth of the deep blood red varies during each eclipse depending on how clear the atmosphere is at the time.

When the full moon moved into Earth's shadow, it darkened, but did not disappear.

There'll be a longer wait for the next total lunar eclipse: That comes more than two years from now, when the viewing opportunity is somewhat less convenient for North Americans.

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