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Photos: Super blood wolf moon marks first lunar event of 2019

The year's first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer position to Earth, is one of two lunar events Sunday. A total eclipse was also visible in North and South America, and parts of Europe.


Buenos Aires

The moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the lunar eclipse, early on Jan. 21, 2019.

There won't be another until the year 2021. The entire eclipse took more than three hours.

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A woman watches the full moon in the City Life neighborhood.

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New York

The moon rising behind the Empire State Building, as seen from Jersey City, N.J.

Julio Cortez / AP
Image: A  plane passes  as the moon rises through clouds before start of total lunar eclipse in California

San Diego

A plane appears to pass across the full moon as it rises through the clouds before the start of total lunar eclipse in California.

During a total lunar eclipse, the eclipsed, or blood, moon turns red from sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere.

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Los Angeles

People watch the supermoon rise behind the downtown Los Angeles skyline, from Kenneth Hahn Park.

Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP


The supermoon rises over the Metroplis Building on Alcala Street.

Rodrigo Jimenez / EPA

Rio de Janeiro

The moon rises above the city’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue during the lunar eclipse. Totality — when the moon's completely bathed in Earth's shadow — lasted an hour.

Leo Correa / AP

Saluzzo, Italy

The super blood wolf moon during the total lunar eclipse over San Bernardino's Church in northwest Italy.

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The moon is visible behind a statue of the 14th century Czech king, Charles IV.

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Tours, France

The super blood wolf moon above the Tours Cathedral.

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Duisburg, Germany

The moon next to the city’s Tiger and Turtle sculpture during the first total lunar eclipse of the year.

Sascha Steinbach / EPA

Cologne, Germany

The super blood wolf moon  appears behind the Cologne Cathedral during the total lunar eclipse.

Thilo Schmuelgen / Reuters

Brasilia, Brazil

A lunar eclipse moves behind the JK Memorial, a monument in honor of the founder of Brasilia.

Eraldo Peres / AP

Montevideo, Uruguay

A total eclipse begins as the full moon shines over the decorated 18 de Julio Avenue.

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Buenos Aires

A lunar eclipse progresses behind the "Monumento a la Carta Magna y Las Cuatro Regiones Argentinas".

Natacha Pisarenko / AP
Image: The moon is seen beside a quadriga on the top of the Cinquantenaire arch during a total lunar eclipse known as the \"Super Blood Wolf Moon\", in Brussels


The moon appears beside the quadriga on top of the Cinquantenaire arch.

Yves Herman / Reuters

Allaman, Switzerland

A total lunar eclipse in the night sky.

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