SNAPSHOT: Under the super blood wolf moon

photo courtesy of Mark Connolly

Roseville photographer Mark Connolly braved frigid temperatures and failing equipment the night of Jan. 20 to photograph a total lunar eclipse. 

At times lying on his back in his driveway to document the celestial event over a three-hour period, Connolly said he stitched together three frames to make the image at left. 

The event in which the earth blocked the sun’s light from reflecting off the moon was popularly called a “super blood wolf moon,” a combination of names of different lunar happenings. 

A supermoon is when the moon is at its closest to Earth during its full phase, and a wolf moon is what some Native Americans call the first full moon of the year. It was called a blood moon because of its color during the eclipse. 

The next lunar eclipse will happen July 16, though it won’t be visible from North America.


—Mike Munzenrider

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