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Eastern sky lunar eclipse 2019

Eastern sky lunar eclipse 2019

A lunar eclipse producing a "Super Blood Wolf Moon" was overly visible Sunday night in Magnolia, and across half of the globe, as cold, cloudless south Arkansas skies offered flawless views of the astronomical rarity.

A total lunar eclipse dominated the sky on Sunday night, to the delight of stargazers across America. Sky gazers witnessed the only lunar eclipse for 2019, which involved a supermoon happening at the same time. 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.

Earth cast two shadows on the moon during the eclipse. The penumbra was the partial outer shadow, and the umbra was the full, dark shadow.

How long did this lunar eclipse last?

Hence the name for this year's event: A "super blood wolf moon". When the full moon moved into Earth's shadow, it darkened, however, didn't disappear.

On top of all this, the moon will be slightly closer to the earth at this point, making it a supermoon.

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The eerie sight is caused by sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere and illuminating the moon in dramatic fashion, turning it red.

Depending on weather conditions in your area, it may have appeared rusty, brick-colored or blood-red. Instead tribes gave each full moon a nickname to keep track of the seasons and lunar months. The beginning of the total eclipse phase occured at 11:41 p.m. ET, according to NASA.

Les captured the lunar eclipse from his back garden in Upminster.

But why don't we see total lunar eclipses more often?

Sunset before the Blood moon.