See Cheyenne’s View of the Blood Moon Eclipse
Sunday night (January 20) Cheyenne had perfect weather to see a cool space event. Clear skies gave us a great view of a Total Lunar Eclipse and a Supermoon, A.K.A a Wolf Blood Moon.
A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through Earth's shadow. This was the only total lunar eclipse of 2019. The next total lunar eclipse won't happen until 2021, and here in North American, we'll have to wait until 2022 for another blood moon to be visible.
But, why the name? Well, our friends at Space.com said this: on Sunday, "Tonight's total lunar eclipse is occurring while the moon is near it's closest point to Earth for the month, which some call a "supermoon." Since January's full moon is also known as the Wolf Moon, that's led some to christen tonight's lunar event a Super Blood Wolf Moon."
As for the Blood Moon part, the folks at Earthsky.org say, "A full moon nearly always appears coppery red during a total lunar eclipse. That’s because the dispersed light from all the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets falls on the face of the moon at mid-eclipse."
As for the Wolf part, Earthsky explains that all full moons have a name based on when in the year it occurs. This one, in late January/early February, is sometimes called the Wolf Moon.
We asked on Facebook to see the pictures you got of the lunar event, here are some of our favorites.