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Total lunar eclipse features blood-red supermoon bonus

Marcia Dunn
Associated Press
The blood-red moon is viewed from Mid-Michigan with stars faintly visible in the background.

Cape Canaveral, Fla. — The only total lunar eclipse this year and next came with a supermoon bonus.

A super blood wolf moon rises over a light sculpture in downtown Detroit, January 20, 2019.   (David Guralnick / The Detroit News)

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America, where skies were clear. There won’t be another until 2021.

It was also the year’s first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer position.

The entire eclipse took more than three hours. Totality, when the moon’s completely bathed in Earth’s shadow, lasted an hour. During a total lunar eclipse, the eclipsed, or blood, moon turns red from sunlight scattering off Earth’s atmosphere.

Besides the Americas, the entire lunar extravaganza could be observed, weather permitting, all the way across the Atlantic to parts of Europe.

A full moon turns coppery red during a total lunar eclipse seen from Rochester, Michigan on January 20 and 21st, 2019.  (Image by Daniel Mears / The Detroit News)
The lunar eclipse, as viewed on Sunday, Jan. 20, near Maple Rapids.
This photo shows the moon during a total lunar eclipse, seen from Los Angeles, Sunday Jan. 20, 2019. The entire eclipse will exceed three hours. Totality - when the moon's completely bathed in Earth's shadow - will last an hour. Expect the eclipsed, or blood moon, to turn red from sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere.
Another image of the blood-red moon.