>> From Havana to LA, eyes were on the sky Sunday evening for a spooky spectacle, a rare super blood wolf moon.>> We have a super moon because it's full and it's close to the Earth. It is a wolf moon because it's the January full moon. And it's a blood moon because it's a total eclipse.
So we have a super wolf blood moon eclipse according to some folks. I just like it because it's a total eclipse of the moon and it's a lot of fun to watch.>> In California the full lunar eclipse appeared shortly after 9PM, bathing the moon in a rusty red glow.
More than 15000 people gathered at LA's Griffith Observatory hoping to catch a glimpse.>> It's very unique. It happens very infrequently and to get a great viewing like this is just wonderful.>> The reddish color is from rays of sunlight passing through Earth's polluted atmosphere as the moon falls into our planet's shadow.
That's why it's a blood moon. It's super because it's hit a point in orbit that puts it close to the Earth so it appears bigger. The wolf part is less obvious. Americans calls the full moon in January a wolf moon, because of wolves that would howl in hunger outside villages in the winter.
At least that's according to the farmers almanac. Sunday's eclipse was visible to the naked eye wherever the skies were clear. The best viewing of the one hour show was from North and South America.>> It's just wonderful.>> But in all about 2.8 billion people were in its path, from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, West Africa to northernmost Russia.
The next chance for Americans to see a total lunar eclipse is 2022.