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Published: Mon, September 28, 2015
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Supermoon lunar eclipse: your pictures from around Wales

Supermoon lunar eclipse: your pictures from around Wales

What happens during a total lunar eclipse? This eclipse marks the end of a tetrad, or series of four total lunar eclipses set six months apart. NASA and Slooh's live streams begin at 8 p.m. EDT on Sunday, September27, 2015.

The event occurred on the East Coast at 10:11 p.m. and lasted about an hour. This eclipse also coincided with a "supermoon". Sunday night's "blood moon" and recent natural disasters and political unrest around the world also led to a rise in sales at emergency-preparedness retailers.

A super blood moon above Bolsover Castle Derbyshire
A super blood moon above Bolsover Castle Derbyshire

An astronaut standing on the moon during the full eclipse would see a dark Earth outlined by a brilliant red ring, witnessing each and every sunset at the same time. "Now you have a supermoon lunar eclipse".

The point of greatest eclipse occured at 03:47am, when the Moon was closest to the centre of the umbra. Some think of the moon's orbit as circular, Buzasi said, but it's less flawless than that, which means the moon will look about 13 percent bigger than normal when you glimpse it in the sky.

When the moon is at perigee, its shortest distance from the Earth, it is 226,000 miles away and appears 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than at its furthermost point.

 

The earths shadow covers almost half the moon
The earths shadow covers almost half the moon

It's first time since 1982 that the event has taken place. This is called a Supermoon Lunar Eclipse. This combination of events is rare due to the number of conditions it needs to fulfil.

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