Photos: Rare supermoon lunar eclipse makes an appearance


A rare series of lunar events combined Sunday night, putting on quite the show for stargazers around the world.

Overcast skies blocked the show for some Minnesotans, but other sky watchers caught the glimpse of a supermoon total lunar eclipse – the last one occurred 33 years ago, CNN says.

The Huffington Post reports the celestial event included the following, making it even more unique:

  • A supermoon, as the moon will be at its closest point to the earth this year (the perigee), making it to appear 14 percent larger and 33 percent brighter.
  • A Harvest Moon, with this being the closest full moon to the fall equinox.
  • A lunar eclipse, creating a red hue that is referred to as a “blood moon.”
  • And this lunar eclipse was the fourth in 18 months – back-to-back-to-back-to-back eclipses are known as a Tetrad, and Sunday's eclipse completed the series.

NASA has a detailed explanation of how each of these combine, which you can see here.

For those who had the right equipment, they were able to take some spectacular photos of the show:

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It's an event that won't last long, and you'll need to get an early start, but onlookers can catch a lunar eclipse Saturday morning. The best times for viewing are between 6:45 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.