#SuperMoon: Rare Celestial Event

Published: September 29, 2015

#SuperMoon: Rare Celestial Event, Stargazers in the state were treated to a rare celestial event Sunday night: a full so-called supermoon combined with a lunar eclipse, which left the moon shrouded in an eerie red glow.

The simultaneous event will not happen again until 2033, and has only happened five times since the beginning of the 20th century, with the last time taking place in 1982.

The Earth’s shadow began to dim the supermoon and turn it red around 8 p.m.; the total eclipse started around 10:11 p.m.

The supermoon is a full moon that appears larger than usual as it makes a close encounter with Earth in its orbit, NASA’s Noah Petro previously told the Globe.

“Because the orbit of the moon is not a perfect circle, the moon is sometimes closer to the Earth than at other times during its orbit,” he said in a statement.

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

There won’t be another total lunar eclipse until 2018. This eclipse marks the end of a tetrad, or series of four total lunar eclipses set six months apart. This series began in April 2014.


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