Heaven raised the curtain for a spectacular celestial show Sunday evening when the total lunar eclipse met the supermoon, and Sandhills Sentinel Photographer John Patota beautifully captured totality.

During totality, the moon looked red because of sunlight scattering off Earth’s atmosphere. That’s why an eclipsed moon is sometimes known as a blood moon.

In January, the full moon is also sometimes known as the wolf moon or great spirit moon. So informally speaking, the lunar eclipse was a super blood wolf — or great spirit — moon.

The next total lunar eclipse won’t be until May 2021.

This article was written with the help of The Associated Press.

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