SLIDESHOW: Super Blood Wolf Moon

When was the last total lunar eclipse or blood moon and when is the next one?

Lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon, and this one was extra special because it was also a supermoon.

Rich Polk/Getty Images A picture taken on January 21, 2019 shows the so-called Super Blood Wolf Moon behind the Tours's cathedral on January 21, 2019, central France.

The entire eclipse will exceed three hours.

But what does the name mean?

On 21 January, the moon will move closer to Earth and look around seven percent larger in the sky. This happens on a regular basis. A blood moon is a total lunar eclipse in which the sun's rays give it a reddish tinge.

The super blood wolf moon has been sighted in Filey.

The next total lunar eclipse will not be visible in Los Angeles until May 26, 2021. During a total lunar eclipse, the eclipsed, or blood, moon turns red from sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere.

A Wolf Moon is the name given to any Full Moon happening in January.

The lunar event lasted about four hours, beginning at 9:36 p.m EST Sunday and ending about 1:50 a.m. Monday.

Watchers in North and South America, parts of Europe and western Africa, who were lucky enough to have clear skies, saw a total lunar eclipse - but eastern Africa and Asia observed a partial eclipse. The duration of the "totality" phase - when the moon ws completely engulfed in Earth's shadow - -was 62 minutes.

An eclipse of the moon progresses behind the CN Tower in Toronto on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.

The Virtual Telescope Project shared a live stream of the lunar eclipse at its brightest above the skyline of Rome.

Unlike a solar eclipse, eye protection is not required for viewing.

  • Joey Payne