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 1)


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UK: A pale shade of red light is reflected off the moon as it is seen by the London Eye, where many stayed up late to view the spectacle   UK: A pale shade of red light is reflected off the moon as it is seen by the London Eye, where many stayed up late to view the spectacle  

    USA: The blood moon is seen from Twickenham in south-west London (left) and the New Forest in Hampshire (right)     UK: The super blood moon is seen during the early stages of the lunar eclipse near Big Ben in Westminster Supermoon rises over Greece's Poseidon Temple 

When the moon is at perigee, its shortest distance from the Earth, it is 226,000 miles away. 

This makes it appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than when it is at its furthermost point.

The last time this coincided with a lunar eclipse, when the moon is covered by the Earth's shadow, was in 1982 - and it will not be repeated until 2033. 

During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns a deep rusty red, due to sunlight being scattered by the Earth's atmosphere. 

The shade will depend on the atmospheric conditions, and there may be a bluish tinge at the moon's edge. 

Blood red supermoon appears for the first time in 33 years  

 

  PORTUGAL: The blood moon is seen at the start of a lunar eclipse above Lisbon in the early hours of this morning  

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