Stargazers around the world were treated to a spectacular Super Blood Wolf Moon last night as Earth's satellite turned bright red following a total lunar eclipse.

The rare phenomenon, which made the moon appear larger and brighter, came together in the Americas on Sunday night and in parts of Europe and Africa in the early hours of Monday.

Cloudy skies left some disappointed in Britain and the U.S. but where skies were clear astronomy buffs were able to see the moon turn a striking red color.

The best view of the lunar eclipse for those in the United States was at 11.41pm EST on Sunday night while British stargazers had their best chance at 5.12am GMT.

The full Moon appears larger than normal because it is closer to the Earth - around 222,000 miles (358,000 kilometers) away, instead of the average 239,000 miles - which earns it the nickname 'super Moon.'

While the super moon and blood moon titles come from the brightness and reddish hue respectively, a full moon in January is sometimes called a 'wolf' moon.

It earned the name wolf moon because it appears in January, when wolves were said to howl in hunger outside villages.

This will be the last time that sky watchers in the UK will be able to experience a total lunar eclipse until 2029. The next chance for Americans to see a total lunar eclipse is 2022.

A blood moon last occurred in July 2018, although clouds largely obscured the celestial phenomenon in the UK. It occurs when the Earth's shadow completely blankets the moon, making it appear red. The spectacular total lunar eclipse is visible with the naked eye - and unlike a solar eclipse, viewers do not need any eye protection.

January Moon Names: Man Moon (Taos). Joyful Moon (Hopi). Avunniviayuk (Inuit). Quite Moon (Celtic). Ice Moon (San Juan). Cold Moon (Cherokee). Ice Moon (Neo-Pagan). Flying Ant Moon(Apache). Big Cold Moon (Mohawk). Cooking Moon (Choctaw). Strong Cold Moon (Sioux). Little Winter Moon (Creek). Her Cold Moon (Wishram). Cold Meal Moon (Natchez). Moon After Yule (Cherokee). Wolf Moon (Medieval English). Strong Cold Moon (Cheyenne). Quiet : Dark, Wolf : Full (Janic). Great Spirit Moon (Anishnaabe). Whirling Wind Moon (Passamaquoddy).

Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Winter Moon, Yule Moon (Algonquin).

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A supermoon rises behind the downtown Los Angeles skyline on Sunday as star gazers around the world kept their eyes turned to the sky overnight in a bid to catch a glimpse of the spectacular 'super blood wolf moon'

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