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In a rare celestial treat, a 'super blood moon'-- which according to legend handed down over the ages has been seen as a sign of a possible apocalypse-- was visible in the US night time sky on September 27.

News Nation Bureau | Updated : 28 September 2015, 06:56:37 PM
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In a rare celestial treat, a ‘super blood moon’ -- which according to legend handed down over the ages has been seen as a sign of a possible apocalypse-- was visible in the US night time sky on September 27.
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The last such event, when a total lunar eclipse coincided with a ‘Supermoon’ occurred 33 years ago, and it has happened only four times in the last 115 years.
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A ‘super blood moon’ only happens during a lunar eclipse and when the moon is at its closest point to the Earth in its orbit.
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As the the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, it takes on a deep-red colour due to the only sunlight reaching it being refracted through the planet’s atmosphere.
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Civilisations throughout the ages look at this celestial rarity as an ominous sign of an apocalypse.
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So, what does a Supermoon really mean? It only means the moon looks a bit bigger than its usual size, since it’s a bit closer to the Earth than otherwise.
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“Because the orbit of the moon is not a perfect circle, the moon is sometimes closer to the Earth than at other times during its orbit,” NASA scientist Noah Petro said in a statement.
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This is the last total lunar eclipse visible anywhere on Earth until 2018, according to Sky and Telescope magazine.
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Americans will actually see a total solar eclipse (in August 2017) before the next total lunar eclipse. The total eclipse began at 10:11 pm EDT (7:11 pm PDT) Sunday evening and lasted one hour and 12 minutes.
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It was visible across North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific, NASA said.
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There was no need of special glasses or gizmos to view it, unlike a solar eclipse, many stared directly at the moon.
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Binoculars or a telescope also improved the view.