Northlanders got a stunning view of a rare astronomical phenomena on Monday night with a blazing super blood moon visible across the region's sky.
Watchers in Britain managed to find a break in the cloudy skies early Monday morning.
The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles tracked the entirety of the eclipse and made a 30-second time lapse video (above). 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.
The moon was in ideal alignment with the sun and Earth, with the moon on the opposite side of Earth from the sun. The outer part of the cone-shaped shadow is called the penumbra. The full moon was fully obscured before lighting up again with a faint red glow.
This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted as sunlight passes through our atmosphere and casts it on the moon.
The full moon did not disappear entirely during the eclipse, turning into a shade of red instead. And David Wahl, the Director of Awesome at Seattle's Archie McPhee novelty emporium, suggested that from now on, each night's moon should be given a jazzy name. Other monikers include a "Wolf Moon", a traditional way of coining an eclipse in the month of January, and a "Blood Moon" because of its rusty, red colour.
A picture taken on January 21, 2019 in Le Mans northwestern France shows the moon behind the statue named "L'envol".
According to Space.com, it was the first total lunar eclipse visible from the majority of the U.S.in 19 years, and the first such celestial event visible from North America in three years.