Sky-watchers around the world were in for a treat on September 27 and 28 when the shadow of Earth cast a reddish glow on the moon , which is the result of the rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of this year. The total "super moon" lunar eclipse, also known as a "blood moon" is the one that appears bigger and brighter than usual as it reaches the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth .
It was the fourth appearance of the blood moon over the last two years in a Tetrad Series. In astronomy, tetrad is a set of four lunar eclipses within two years. The previous one was in 1982 and the next will be in 2033.
The phenomenon was visible from North and South America, Europe, Africa and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific. On Sunday, for more than an hour, the Earth's shadow blanketed the full moon as the planet passed between the sun and the moon. The white glow of the moon slowly transformed into dim red. The colouring was caused by Earth's atmosphere scattering the sunlight into the shadow.
Take a look:
As seen in Wadi El-Rayan lake, south-west of Cairo, Egypt | Source: Reuters
A plane flies in front of the so-called supermoon during a lunar eclipse in Geneva, Ill | Source: PTI
Captured near the Eiffel tower in Paris, France | Source: Reuters
A full moon silhouettes television and radio antennas on Boutilier Mountain, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti | Source: PTI
The beautiful Solana Beach, California, USA | Source: Reuters
A super moon rises over the Lower Fox Creek School near Strong City, Kan | Source:PTI
View off the coastline of Barcelona, Spain | Source: Reuters
As sighted at Brighton, in southern England | Source: Reuters
This four picture combo taken over a one hour period shows the so-called super moon in various stages as it changes from almost full to almost totally eclipsed above Brasilia, Brazil | Source: PTI
The Earth's shadow obscures the view of a so-called supermoon during a total lunar eclipse over Antwerp, Belgium | Source: PTI
The perigee full moon, or super moon appears red on the autumn sky from the vicinity of Salgotarjan, 109 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, early Monday | Source: PTI
In case you missed it, here is a preview of the Super Moon Lunar Eclipse captured by NASA.
(With inputs from Reuters)