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Bay Area stargazers were delighted with a rare treat on Sunday night: the year's only total moon eclipse with a supermoon bonus.
On Sunday evening, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible in the bay, as clouds cleared. There won't be another until the year 2021.
It was also the year's first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer position. The whole eclipse took more than three hours. Total – when the moon is completely bathed in Earth's shadow – lasted an hour. During a total lunar eclipse, the enlarged or blood moon becomes red from sunlight that spreads out of the Earth's atmosphere.
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If I wonder how the "wolf" part comes in, that's the name of a full moon in January . According to the old farmer's almanac, the name comes from early American settlers and Indians who noted the increased incidence of howling wolves in January.
Many people in the San Francisco area shared pictures of the play in the sky in social media and you find a selection in the gallery above.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.