A Southern Moment – Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

Sunday was a special night for stargazers as a supermoon coincided with a lunar eclipse for the first time in 33 years.

Many struggled to catch a glimpse of the rare phenomenon through the cloudy sky. However, photographer Dave McNamara captured this incredible video of the event from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

So what is a supermoon lunar eclipse? A supermoon occurs when the moon is as close to Earth as possible, making it appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual, NASA officials say. During a lunar eclipse, the Earth is centered between the sun and moon, casting the Earth’s shadow over the moon.

Sunday night’s eclipse began just after 8 p.m. ET, with the total eclipse turning the moon a blood-red color starting at 10:11 p.m. ET.

According to NASA, Sunday’s supermoon lunar eclipse was the first since 1982. The next one will take place in 2033.

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