WATCH REPLAY: Supermoon Coincided With Lunar Eclipse in Rare Celestial Event Sunday Night
By By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
September 29, 2015, 9:39:54 AM EDT
A lunar eclipse that coincided with a supermoon on Sunday night dazzled star-gazers across the globe.
The rare event marked a celestial phenomenon that won't occur for another 18 years. As the moon made its closest proximity to Earth, it appeared up to 14 percent larger, giving way for the term supermoon.
This supermoon was also called a harvest moon due to its occurrence falling at the beginning of the autumn season.
In addition, the moon passed behind the Earth into its shadow, resulting in a red tint across its surface in what is known as a blood moon.
Slooh reported live from the U.S. and the United Kingdom, including a live report from the world-famous Stonehenge to showcase the event.
Watch below for Slooh's replay of the live broadcast of the event:
"The red portion of sunlight is what makes it through our atmosphere to the other side, bent toward the eclipsed moon, so that even though the moon is within Earth's shadow, the red portion of the sun's light can give the moon this ghostly illumination," Eric Edelman of Slooh told AccuWeather.
While a range of clouds and storms prevented ideal viewing conditions in spots across the country, those with clear skies were able to take in the stunning views with ease.
Supermoon lunar eclipses are historically rare, though frequency has increased during the 21st century, according to Slooh Astronomer Bob Berman.
"It's one of the best astronomical events to witness without any equipment and we know exactly when it was going to happen," AccuWeather Meteorologist and Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said.
"The moon was fully eclipsed for a little over one hour," Samuhel said. "But the time from the very start to the very end of the eclipse was a little over three hours."
The supermoon portion of the eclipse lasted roughly 72 minutes, reaching totality at 10:47 p.m. EDT (2:47 UTC).
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