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WATCH: Rare ‘blood moon’ event illuminates night sky

First total eclipse, combined with unusually large moon, since 1982; won’t recur for 18 years

This montage of images taken by skywatcher Kieth Burns shows the Dec. 20,   2010 total lunar eclipse. The photos won a NASA contest to become an official NASA/JPL wallpaper for the public. Credit: NASA/JPL-via Kieth BurnsView full size image


Stargazers across the world watched a rare total lunar eclipse combined with a so-called supermoon Sunday night.

When a full moon makes its closest approach to Earth, it appears bigger and brighter than usual and is known as a supermoon. That will coincide with a full lunar eclipse where the moon, Earth and sun will be lined up, with Earth’s shadow totally obscuring the moon.

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It was the first time the events have made a twin appearance since 1982, and they won’t again until 2033.

In Israel the rare coupling was visible starting at 3:10 a.m. (0110 GMT) and reached its peak at 5:47 a.m.


Watch a livestream of the full 4:50 hours eclipse as it progresses :


Blood moons are full lunar eclipses in which the sun’s rays entering through the earth’s atmosphere make for a red, or blood-like, appearance.

When a full or new moon makes its closest approach to Earth, that’s a supermoon. This full moon looks bigger and brighter than usual. In fact, it will be the closest full moon of the year, about 30, 000 miles (48, 000 kilometers) closer than the average distance.



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