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Finland treated to 'super blood wolf moon'

Skygazers in Finland delighted in a total lunar eclipse early Monday morning.

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Skywatchers had a brief glimpse of a 'blood moon' over Lapland in July 2018. During the phenomenon, the moon appears red as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered through the Earth’s atmosphere. Image: Antti Suomela

Finland's amateur astronomy association Ursa said the full eclipse began on 21 January at 6.41am, ending about an hour later at 7.43am. The deepest phase of the eclipse was at 7.13am.

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar ones are safe to watch with the naked eye. Total lunar eclipses occur when the moon moves into alignment with the sun and earth.

Super blood wolf moon?

The eclipse was called a "super blood wolf moon," as Ursa said it was a total eclipse like any other.

A 'super' moon occurs when the moon is especially close to earth, while a 'wolf moon' is the traditional name for the full moon of January.

This event was the last chance for skywatchers in Finland to see a total lunar eclipse in its entirety until 2025.

The frigid temperatures throughout the country cooperated, as the skies in most areas on Monday morning were clear.

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