Once in a Lifetime: Blood Moon Eclipse



On September 28, 2015, the world saw a fine and rare spectacle – the super full moon’s total lunar eclipse. The super full moon was visible in some parts of South America, North America, West Asia, Europe and Africa. Though it is not very revealing here in Singapore, we can still see some pictures.


Here are the things that we need to know about this fine spectacle:

  • What makes it rare? According to experts, supermoon is a phenomena in which the moon is closest to the earth. The rising super full moon will look bigger and brighter to audiences on Earth. The thing is, total lunar eclipse of a super full moon is an uncommon sight. NASA said that we will not see supermoon eclipse again for another eighteen years. The next sighting will be on October 8, 2033.


  • Spectators: Americans got the front row as they witnessed the early stages of eclipse on September 27, 2015. In South America, Europe and the Middle East, the eclipse was viewed during wee hours of September 28. Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses do not need any eye protection. The spectacle can be enjoyed even with the naked eye.


  • Lunar eclipse takes place two weeks before or after a solar eclipse: We have to know that lunar and solar eclipses come in pairs. This year, a partial solar eclipse was observed on September 13 and true enough, the lunar eclipse followed after two weeks.


  • Why is it called blood moon? Total lunar eclipse also refers to blood moon. Biblical references have been made for blood moon but astronomers do not refer the lunar eclipse blood moon. The term came about to describe the color of the common which is reddish.


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