A cherry moon moon held on Sunday (January 20th) celestial observers that the moon had crossed into the Earth's shadow. This eclipse of the "bloody month" is the last for North America by 2022, so Steve Spalet from Space.com has compiled a video supercut image from one of the webcast eclipses.
Astrophysicist Gianluca Masi led the livestream of the Virtual Telescope project during the eclipse, including clips from spots in North and Central America from the project site in Ceccan, Italy. While the eclipse occurred within a few hours, the supercut compresses the project image to less than a few minutes. It is enough time to see that the Moon enters the shadow, red, and then comes out again.
The eclipse team included astrophotography Joakuin Fabrega Polleri, Panama; Gary Varney, Florida; John V. Johnson, Nebraska; James McCue, New Mexico; and Ron Delvauk, Arizona. [Amazing Photos of the Super Blood Wolf Moon of 2019!]
In a description of the eclipse written on the virtual telescope's website prior to the event, Massy said his goal was to share with viewers the "amazing beauty of such a unique event". Eclipse, he added, occurred during the supermoon – when the moon is located at the nearest point of its orbit around the Earth. It made eclipse "even more fascinating," he wrote.
A month of blood occurs when the moon passes completely into the deepest part of the Earth's shadow during lunar eclipse. There, the Moon receives only the red light filtered through the edges of the Earth's atmosphere. There are other types of possible eclipses of the Moon, such as partial eclipse (which occurs when the Moon enters partially in the deep shadow) and eclipse in the midday (when the month passes into the lighter part of the Earth's shadow, it is barely darkened).
Although there is no total eclipse of the Moon in the world until 2021, and no one in North America in 2022, there will be no different partial and penumbral moon eclipses for enjoyment. You can get more details about how Moonlight Eclipses work in this Space.com article.
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