Monday’s “Blood Wolf Moon” as seen from Cyprus (pictures)

January 21, 2019 at 4:15pm
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CNA photographer Katia Christodolou captured Monday’s “Blood Wolf Moon” total lunar eclipse on camera.

The pictures show the three phases of the phenomenon, which started at 4:36 am on Monday, reached totality at 7:12 am and ended at 9:48 am.

A “super” moon occurs when the moon is especially close to earth, while a “wolf moon” is the traditional name for the full moon of January, when the howling of wolves was a sound that helped define winter, according to The Farmers Almanac.

In a total lunar eclipse, the moon never goes completely dark. Rather, it takes on a reddish glow from refracted light as the heavenly bodies move into position – hence the “blood moon” moniker. The more particulate or pollution in the atmosphere, the redder the moon appears.

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