Blood moon paints the sky red: Stargazers around the world look to the heavens to witness lunar spectacle for first time in 33 years (Part 3)

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Part 3

  • During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns a deep rusty red, due to sunlight being scattered by the Earth's atmosphere
  • The rare celestial event coincided with the 'supermoon' being at its nearest point in its orbit around our planet
  • Some religious groups are convinced it is a sign that the End of Days is approaching 
  • Last time a lunar eclipse shared a stage with supermoon was 1982 - and the next will be in 2033
  • Do you have any photos of the supermoon? Please email:

USA: The huge, bright moon filled the sky behind the state capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, late on Sunday night

FRANCE: Late night visitors to the Louvre museum in Paris were able to see the blood moon, which appeared pink on one side


SOUTH AFRICA: Those who stayed up late enough in Cape Town were also treated to a spectacular view of the rare celestial event

USA: The supermoon rises just before the start of a total lunar eclipse in Cheyenne in the central US state of Wyoming

The supermoon eclipse lasted for 1 hour and 11 minutes, and was visible in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific.

Through the ages, so-called ‘blood moons’ have been viewed as ill omens by superstitious people.

Anyone who stayed up to see the red moon was in for a ‘quite an unusual sight’, according to Society for Popular Astronomy vice president Robin Scagell.

His tips were to arm yourself with binoculars and look out for the deep redness in the sky when the moon was fully in shadow. 

Unlike with a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is completely safe to observe through binoculars or a small telescope.

Many believe this eclipse is significant as it marks the completion of an unusual line-up of four total eclipses at six-monthly intervals known as a ‘tetrad’.

Texan pastor John Hagee says this has only happened three times in the last 500 years and claims it is likely to herald a ‘hugely significant’ world event.

Since 1900 there have only been five 'supermoon' lunar eclipses – in 1910, 1928, 1946, 1964 and 1982.  

Standard lunar eclipses are more common and it's thought that one can be seen from some point on the Earth every two-and-a-half years.

NASA explain how the reddish 'blood moon' appears in view

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