Incredible pictures show the super blood wolf moon in all its glory

Incredible pictures show the super blood wolf moon in all its glory

On Sunday evening, various parts of the world were treated to a highly unusual sight in the sky. The moon was not only much larger than normal, but had a reddish tinge to it; and, while many scientific curiosities have lengthy hard-to-remember names, this one has an incredibly dynamic one: the super blood wolf moon.

The Sun, Earth and Moon were aligned, creating a lunar eclipse, while the moon was also at its closest point to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear to be much larger in the sky. This large size is why it's called a 'super moon', which isn't a scientific term as there's no exact definition of how close it has to be, but it can apparently be up to 14% larger in diameter than the smallest full moon, according to NASA.

The 'blood' refers to the red hue the moon takes during the eclipse, while the 'wolf' part comes from the time of the year. This likely originates from the Old Farmer's Almanac, which said that January is the month when wolves howled at the moon. This moon was visible in South and North America, in addition to Western parts of Africa and Europe, and some spectacular photos were taken:

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England Newcastle Upon Tyne, England super blood wolf moon Credit: Getty Saltburn, England SALTBURN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: The Super Blood Wolf Moon Credit: Getty Lisbon, Portugal LISBON, SINTRA, PORTUGAL super blood wolf moon Credit: Getty Tours, France Tours Cathedral super blood wolf moon Credit: Getty Saluzzo, Italy Super Blood Wolf Moon San Bernardino's Church Credit: Getty Burbank, United States super blood wolf moon burbank Credit: Getty Marina Del Ray, California MARINA DEL REY, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 20: A Super Blood Wolf Moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse on January 20, 2019 in Marina Del Rey, California. Overnight in the northern hemisphere a phenomenon called a super blood wolf moon should appear in certain areas. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images) Credit: Getty Mexico City, Mexico Detail of a total Lunar Eclipse and Blood Moon on January 20, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico Credit: Getty Panama City, Panama The Super Blood Wolf Moon total lunar eclipse is seen on Sunday January 20, 2019 in Panama City. - The January 21 total lunar eclipse will be the last one until May 2021, and the last one visible from the United States until 2022. (Photo by Luis ACOSTA / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images) Credit: Getty

The red colour comes from a phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering, but even with the scientific explanation - it does look pretty ominous, doesn't it?