'Super blood wolf moon' illuminates Anchorage sky
This past weekend was an absolute treat when it came to the sun and moon over Anchorage, featuring breathtaking sunsets and a rare celestial event.
Freezing fog left the Anchorage bowl coated in rime ice. As the fog lifted Saturday and Sunday evening, the sun lit up the bowl, reflecting off the frosted trees, building and even cars.
To the west, warm colors cascaded across the sky as the sun slid below the horizon. To the east, cool colors blanketed the Chugach making for an absolutely breathtaking sunset from one end of the sky to the other.
The supermoon rose on the ENE horizon shortly after sunset Sunday night. As it rose, it was filled with a faint orange glow caused by pollutants in the atmosphere. It looked larger than normal because the moon was at its perigee, or closest point to earth.
You might have noticed that the moon appeared to shrink as it rose off the horizon. This phenomenon is known as the moon illusion.
Scientists don't know exactly why this happens. If you compare the size of the moon at the two points, on the horizon and overhead, they are the same. It doesn't actually change size, but an optical illusion makes it look as if it does.
The eclipse started with the shadow of the earth spreading across the moon. The shadow quickly spread from the bottom up as the moon moved into the shadow of the earth.
At 7:41 p.m., the moon was completely within the shadow of the earth, turning red in the night sky. Viewer pictures of this moment poured in from around town.
Unfortunately, a layer of fog built into parts of town, covering the moon as the eclipse neared its peak. Thankfully, many were still able to capture the total lunar eclipse before the city was engulfed by the fog.
Want to learn more about Sunday's eclipse? Check out KTVA meteorolgist Jeremy LaGoo's article on the science behind this special lunar event.
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