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If you were casually gazing at the sky last Sunday, you might’ve noticed that the moon was floating around like the Death Star from Star Wars. It took on a very dark red color, resembling a bloody coin that was both trippy and eerie at the same time.

What you saw wasn’t the start of the end of the world. It was a supermoon total lunar eclipse- a rare event that took place only five times in the last century. The last one happened in 1982, and the next time you’ll see this again will be in 2033.

Photographers located in the Americas, Europe, Africa, western Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean region– areas where the stained moon was most visible, wielded their cameras and captured the surreal, apocalyptic display.

In case you missed it, below are some pics from the monumental event.


  1. Photographer Keith Caffery turned an incredibly rare shot into a priceless one by capturing a shooting star with the eclipse in the same photo. The image deserves to be your computer wallpaper for the rest of the year or possibly the decade.


  1. This one was shot in Panama. Fedes Benavides climbed an observation tower in the middle of the rainforest to get the breathtaking shot. Notice how the silence of the jungle magnifies the intensity of the moon!


  1. Matt Hechet traced the path of the eclipse with an 11mm lens. Unlike other time-lapse photos, the image spans over the full background of the sky.

  1. Against a building, the natural satellite looks like a painting. NASA’s Aubrey Gemignani caught the moon as it was shifting back to its original shade of rocky gray.

  1. For the complete blood moon experience, check out this real-time video by David Drummond. The clip is three hours long, so it might be worth settling in with a bag of popcorn. You may also want to include your own background music to go with the video.

What’s Going on with the Moon?

In a nutshell, a supermoon is a full moon at its closest approach to Earth. The position magnifies the view up to 14 percent, causing it to appear uncomfortably close. While this was happening a total lunar eclipse also took place, which was unfathomably mind-blowing.

“As totality approaches, sunlight reaches the moon indirectly and is refracted around the “edges” of Earth, through Earth’s atmosphere. Because of this, almost all colors except red are ‘filtered’ out, and the eclipsed moon appears reddish or dark brown,” NASA officials wrote in a statement.

“This filtering is caused by particulates in our atmosphere; when there have been a lot of fires and/or volcanic eruptions, lunar eclipses will appear darker and redder. This eerie — but harmless — effect has earned the phenomenon the nickname ‘blood moon.'”

The eclipse marked the fourth total lunar eclipse since April 2014 and the end of the tetrad, the occurrence of four similar moon events in six-month intervals. This particular grouping was noted as one of the most visible sightings for space enthusiasts based in the US.

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