2015 : Michigan Residents Witness Supermoon/Lunar Eclipse

September 27, 2018 all-day

Photo of Supermoon over Central Florida, courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Michiganders and others across the country witnessed a rare combination of a supermoon-lunar eclipse Sunday, Sept. 27.

A supermoon is when the moon is closest to the earth in its orbit around the earth. The last time these spectacular lunar events happened was 1982, and NASA officials say the rare combination won’t occur again until 2033.

The supermoon is a site to behold, appearing about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon. It has a reddish orange color due to the eclipse causing it to be known as a “blood moon.”

Clouds that moved into Michigan during the day Sunday obscured the view of some residents but others had a clear shot.

Source: Monica Scott, “Blood Moon: Incredible photos of rare lunar eclipse from around Michigan”, MLive, September 28, 2015.

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