Supermoon, lunar obscure mix for singular astronomical event

September 27, 2015 - Supermoon




Stargazers in a state tonight were treated to a singular astronomical event: a full supposed supermoon sum with a lunar eclipse, that left a moon hidden in an scary red glow.

The coexisting eventuality will not occur again until 2033, and has usually happened 5 times given a commencement of a 20th century, with a final time holding place in 1982.

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The Earth’s shade began to low a supermoon and spin it red around 8 p.m.; a sum obscure started around 10:11 p.m.

The supermoon is a full moon that appears incomparable than common as it creates a tighten confront with Earth in a orbit, NASA’s Noah Petro formerly told a Globe.

“Because a circuit of a moon is not a ideal circle, a moon is infrequently closer to a Earth than during other times during a orbit,” he pronounced in a statement.


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Sunday saw a closest full moon of a year, about 30,000 miles closer to a Earth than a normal distance.

There won’t be another sum lunar obscure until 2018. This obscure outlines a finish of a tetrad, or array of 4 sum lunar eclipses set 6 months apart. This array began in Apr 2014.

Related: Live video of a lunar eclipse

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A supermoon sum with a sum lunar eclipse, as seen from Medford. The events will not occur together again until 2033.

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A supermoon rose over Long Beach in Plymouth Bay.

More photos and amicable media reports on tonight’s astronomical events:

Material from a Associated Press was used in this report.

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