After more than 30 years, sky watchers witness a rare “blood moon” or a Supermoon Lunar Eclipse on Sunday night.
It has been a much awaited event as the last Supermoon Lunar Eclipse happened in 1982. We won’t see one again until 2033, as experts say.
At this state, the moon appears to be brighter and bigger than usual.
The super “blood moon” resulted due to a lunar combination, as explained on Fox 59.
“The supermoon, which comes around once every year, will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter in the sky that evening before it is engulfed by an eclipse for more than an hour. As if that wasn’t already a spectacular sight, this eclipse is the fourth and final in the so called ‘blood moons,’ a phrase that has become popular to describe the four lunar eclipses we have seen in 2014 and 2015. Scientifically this is known as a ‘lunar tetrad.'”
However, the “blood moon” was only mostly seen in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and some parts of West Asia and Easter Pacific last Sunday night or this early Monday morning. Those who lived in other countries were able to take a glimpse via webcasts and live streams hosted online, such as NASA.
In the previous week, there were reports made that the super “blood moon” was even thought of as apocalyptic.
Rumors spread that people dreaded the event as “Dooms day” and that such occurrence would cause high tides and earthquakes to happen, as mentioned by IFL Science.
There were reports from stores in the United States which had panic buying, and even stockpiling supplies.
NASA, however, considered the event as “special” as it is “the closest full moon of the year.”
Noah Petro, scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said that the “combination of a supermoon and eclipse is just planetary dynamics,” notes Fox59.
Here are some of the best Supermoon Lunar Eclipse, aka “blood moon”, photos from last night:
#SuperBloodMoon on its way to being eclipsed…just read "This weekend’s eclipse marks the end of a tetrad, or series of four total lunar eclipses set six months apart. This series began in April 2014." The first eclipse on this tetrad was the day Olive was born…makes this feel meaningful somehow. #yegdt