Supermoon, lunar eclipse combine for rare event

With the skies are clear, a total lunar eclipse paired with a larger-than-average moon was a great way to finish up your Sunday evening.


The spectacle began at 1:10am and lasted until 6:24am, when the moon finally emerged from the Earth’s shadow. It only occurs on full Moon nights. The partial eclipse, when the moon will start turning red, begins at 8:07 p.m.

People witnessed the Supermoon in the eclipse which made the Moon appear red in North America, South America, West Africa and Western Europe parts of the world.

Tonight is the night when a supermoon will be coinciding with a lunar eclipse. Hagee wrote “Four Blood Moons”, in which he claimed that a sequence of four lunar eclipses – with Sunday’s being the final one – is a sign from God that a “world-shaking event will happen between April and October 2015”.

Supermoon Eclipse Visible In Skies Over Las Vegas: An eclipsed supermoon rises behind the Las Vegas Strip on September 27, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

When the moon is at perigee (closest to earth), there is much more gravitational pull that contributes to higher tides and greater variation in the high and low tide.

A super blood moon eclipse “precedes the coming of bad haircuts, regrettable makeup choices, poorly animated and conceived cartoon shows, and leg warmers”, announced Scott Finkelstein. Now you have a supermoon lunar eclipse. “The blood moon … has special significance”.

The Moon takes an elliptical orbit around Earth, which means that its average distance changes from as far as 405,000km (its apogee) to as close as 363,000km at the perigee. This type of eclipse is often mistaken for a normal full Moon. But refraction (not Rayleigh scattering) is the reason that any light reaches the Moon during totality.

The last such occurrence, only the fifth recorded since 1900, was in 1982, according to the Nasa space agency.


This happens because the red light of the sun’s whitelight gets least scattered by the atmosphere and falls on the moon during an eclipse making it look blood red, he added.

Supermoon, lunar eclipse combine for rare event