Between the shrill, cold, midnight hours of Sunday, January 20, to Monday, January 21, something special happened in the sky. The moon became blood red! Its round, beautiful rays took on a new, bright colour that filled the air with mystery. Well, this strange 'type' of moon is referred to as total lunar eclipse.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria will join other countries to witness the total lunar eclipse on Monday, January 21. Well, it happened and many Nigerians were indeed treated to its lovely sight.
Thinking about what a total lunar eclipse? Well, it is the direct opposite of a solar eclipse in which the moon blocks the sun in its way. For the lunar eclipse, it is the Earth that gets in the way of the sun and the moon.
This obstruction caused by the Earth creates a shadow that collides with this glorious satellite of the world and makes it glisten. This once-in-a-while event coincides with the time the moon becomes a supermoon (a full moon).
Although the supermoon cannot be viewed with bare eyes, its rareness and beauty can be perceived from parts of the world who have access to a clear view.
For these two colluded events, the moon at this date and time is usually called a super blood wolf moon. Interesting, right?
See some photos of the super blood wolf moon below:
It has been said that there will be two more supermoons in the year 2019. Also, a total solar eclipse will happen in the Southern Hemisphere in July, and then, a “ring of fire” eclipse will occur in parts of Asia around the end of the year.
Even more, those living on the East Coast of the United States may also get to see and witness the Mercury transit across the sun in November. By all means, one can only look upward this year as the sky seems to be full of surprises.
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See more sights of the blood moon below:
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