What Is a Supermoon Lunar Eclipse?

By Tonka Dobreva 09.28.2015 interact

This Sunday, Sep. 27th, the super Harvest Moon passed through the shadow of Earth, creating a spectacular total lunar eclipse. Lunar eclipses can occur only at full moon, and the Harvest Moon is the full moon that falls closest to the autumnal equinox.

So what exactly is this supermoon lunar eclipse?

NASA breaks it down like this:

  • A supermoon is at its closest approach to the Earth, which makes it appear 14 percent larger in diameter.
  • A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow. This can make the moon appear red, thus earning the name “blood moon.”
  • The rare combination of a supermoon and a lunar eclipse results in — you guessed it! — a supermoon lunar eclipse. There have only been five supermoon lunar eclipses since the year 1900. And if you missed the one last night, you’ll have to wait until 2033 to see the next one.

Watch the video below for more details on the science of this rare phenomenon — and tell us in the comments section below whether you caught a glimpse of the supermoon lunar eclipse last night.

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  1. lovewolf

    it looks like a pumpkin

  2. pizzagirl

    Yes i think its great but i did’t see it i live in little o’l havelock. my Gosh!

  3. andersonj

    It probably looked very nice, but I couldn’t see it because of the clouds! Stupid clouds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Lexie Thompson

    I did but it was hard to glimpse because I’m so short AND because there was a house in the way. The color of the moon was interesting and it is crazy we got to experience it!

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    STUPID PEOPLE

  8. kenzie_love18944

    No, because all the clouds were in the way.STUPID CLOUDS!; but i bet it was beautiful for those that saw it..

  9. kenzie_love18944

    No, because the clouds were in the way. STUPID CLOUDS!!!!

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  11. Joshua Williams

    yes it will because people will change their minds about global warming and think more about they use oil and fossil fuels and the world’s global warming rate might go down a lot.

  12. Gabriellehernandezz

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    I would be cool to find out why it only shows ever 30 years because it could be a once in a life time.

  13. Joshua Williams

    yes it will because people will change their minds about global warming and think more about how they use oil and fossil fuels and the world global warming rate might go down a lot.

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    Yes it is important

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