Total lunar eclipse woos sky watchers

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Here's a shot of last night's eclipse taken from the mesa, looking down on SB and up to the sky.

The "super blood wolf moon" captured from Lowestoft this morning.

When the full moon moved into Earth's shadow, it darkened, but did not disappear. At its peak, where night skies were clear of clouds, Venus and Jupiter shone brightly in the night sky.

Known as a "super blood wolf moon" - the moon also appeared brighter and larger than normal due to its proximity to the Earth.

The moon turned blood red on Monday as the Earth passed directly between it and the sun, creating a shadow that stopped solar rays reaching the surface and a total lunar eclipse that won't be seen again until 2021. February's full moon is traditionally known as the Snow Moon, so brace yourself for the #SuperSnowMoon hashtag.

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Not everyone was fortunate: in London, for example, astronomy enthusiasts hopes were dashed by a cloudy night.

"The Sun's red light is scattered much less by air, and is bent by Earth's atmosphere in a process called refraction, travelling all the way through it to light up the Moon's surface".

The moon was in ideal alignment with the sun and Earth, with the moon on the opposite side of Earth from the sun.

Why does a total lunar eclipse not occur at every full moon? It's just that they are not visible everywhere. This means total lunar eclipses do not occur as frequently because the Earth's orbit around the sun is not in the same plane as the moon's orbit around the Earth.

A total eclipse, however, was not visible in Asia, including India. Americans on the West Coast will likely have the best chances of viewing that celestial show.

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