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First image taken from Sheffield on 27 September at 22:45hrs
Second image taken from Sheffield on 28 September at 03:35hrs
A supermoon occurs when the Moon is in the closest part of its orbit around the Earth, where it appears to be visibly larger in the sky. A supermoon total lunar eclipse is a relatively rare phenomenon. During the 1900’s there were only 5 occurrences. The last supermoon eclipse occurred in 1982 and the next will not be seen until 2033.
During a total lunar eclipse, the Sun, Earth and Moon are almost exactly in line. As the full Moon moves into the Earths shadow it dims considerably but usually remains visible, lit by sunlight that passes through the Earth’s atmosphere. The Earth’s atmosphere scatters blue light more strongly than red, and it is this red light that reaches the lunar surface. As a result, during the eclipse the moon appears red or rust coloured, giving rise to the “Blood Moon” nickname. For more information about the science search for information on Rayleigh Scattering, which is the same mechanism that causes colorful sunrises and sunsets.
See also the 2015 solar eclipse on Postcard Cafe HERE
Listen to: Harvest Moon by Neil Young HERE
Listen to: Goodnight Moon by Shivaree HERE