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Supermoon eclipse a delight to stargazers

Supermoon eclipse a delight to stargazers

For the first time in 30 years stargazers were treated to the sight of a blood-red “supermoon” in the skies above the UK. The rare celestial event occurred when a lunar eclipse coincided with the moon orbiting at its closest point to the Earth, creating a “supermoon”. The moon turned a blood-red colour as it reflected scattered sunlight from the Earth’s atmosphere. The last time these two events overlapped was in 1982, and it will not occur again until 2033.

A supermoon occurs when a full moon orbits very close to the Earth, making the moon seem larger than usual. However, a lunar eclipse happens when the sun, Earth and moon are all lined up, meaning that the moon is in the Earth’s shadow. These two events are not rare in themselves, but when these two events collide, a supermoon eclipse is created, which does not occur very often.

The phenomenon could be seen across the world in North America, South America, West Africa and Western Europe, with the spectacle unfolding at 1:10am in the early hours of Monday morning in the UK and lasting until around 4:24am.

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