A total lunar eclipse dominated the sky on Sunday night, to the delight of stargazers throughout the United States.
The celestial event, dubbed a super blood wolf moon, differed from the last two total lunar eclipses because it was visible to Americans from coast to coast, depending on local climatic conditions.
Sunday's blood moon was also visible in Central and South America and in parts of Western Europe and Africa.
The celestial spectacle owed its name to three different characteristics. It was a moon of blood because the shadow of the Earth completely covered the moon, giving it a reddish glow. This phenomenon is officially known as a total lunar eclipse.
It was called supermoon because the eclipse occurred at a point in the orbit of the moon when it is closest to Earth, which makes the moon look a little brighter and larger than normal.
The blood supermoon of Sunday was nicknamed the wolf moon because that is the title that the Almanac of the farmer gives to the full moon of January.
The last total lunar eclipse, which occurred in July, was visible only in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Another took place in January 2018 and was most visible to Americans on the West Coast, Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands.
NASA estimates that there will be 85 lunar eclipses in total this century. Still, space enthusiasts who missed this week's show may have to wait quite a while before the next full moon eclipse. NASA scientists predict that this will happen on May 26, 2021. It is likely that Americans on the west coast have the best chance of seeing that heavenly spectacle.
Scroll down to see the images of Sunday's blood wolf super moon.