The Most Amazing Images of This Weekend's Super Blood Moon from Around the World

Monday, 28 September 2015 - 9:55AM
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Monday, 28 September 2015 - 9:55AM
The Most Amazing Images of This Weekend's Super Blood Moon from Around the World
Last night, September 27, people all over the world observed a beautiful supermoon eclipse, or "super blood moon." A blood moon refers to a total lunar eclipse, but this particular blood moon will consist of two different phenomena: a supermoon and a lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow, which can only occur when the Earth and moon are perfectly aligned, or during a full moon.

The supermoon, which is actually called a perigee-syzygy, occurs when two astronomical events occur simultaneously: a perigee and a full moon. A full moon occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up, with the Earth in the middle, fully illuminating the sun. A perigee refers to the point at which the moon is closest to Earth, and so appears up to 14% larger to the naked eye.

The confluence of these two events is extremely rare; the last super blood moon was in 1982, and the next will appear in 2033. There will only be a few chances per lifetime to observe this phenomenon with your own eyes, so in case you missed it, here are the best pictures of last night's super blood moon:


[Credit: Reddit/pdmcmahon]





Dallas, TX:



Milwaukee, WI:



Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma WA



NYC:



Nashua, NH:



Strong City, KA:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle]



Southern Sweden:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: Johan Nilsson/TT News Agency]



Behind an orthodox church in Turets, Belarus:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits]



Composite of two exposures over Mt. Shasta in Northern California:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: Cory Poole]



The Spanish Banks Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia: 

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press]



Lisbon:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: AP Photo/Armando Franca]



Brazilia, Brazil:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: AP Photo/Eraldo Peres]



Christian Orthodox church in Anthoupolis, Cyprus:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: AP Photo/Petros Karadjias]



The Earth's shadow starts to obscure the supermoon in Kansas City, KA:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: Rich Sugg/The Kansas City Star]



Cape Town, South Africa:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam]



The cupola of the state Capitol, Sacramento:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli]



The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: AP Photo/Thibault Camus]



Warsaw, Poland:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: AP Photo/Alik Keplicz]



Vigeland Park in Oslo:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: Haakon Mosvold Larsen/ NTB scanpix]



Port-au-Prince, Haiti:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery]



Geneva:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: Jeff Knox/Daily Herald]



Behind a statue of the Virgin Mary and the Child at Notre Dame de La Garde basilica in Marseille, France:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: AP Photo/Claude Paris]



Over the LDS Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: Lennie Mahler/The Salt Lake Tribune]



Buenos Aires, Argentina:

The Most Amazing Images of the Super Blood Moon from Around the World

[Credit: AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko]



Behind a clock on the Palace of Culture during a lunar eclipse in Warsaw, Poland:


[Credit: AP Photo/Alik Keplicz]



Behind the Washington Monument:


[Credit: AP Photo/J. David Ake]

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