Watch This Incredible Time Lapse of the Rare Lunar Eclipse
Scientists and stargazers don’t appreciate the term “supermoon” but might use the more technical term perigee-syzygy. But the occurrence of a large blood moon or harvest moon coupled with a total lunar eclipse is so rare that the next time it will happen is 2033. And weirdly enough, the last time it happened was 33 years ago. Even more eerie, is that while the 21st century will experience a rash of celestial events, the centuries between 1600 and 1900 had stingy night skies with no recurring series of total lunar eclipses (tetrads).
While you were standing on Earth last night, you were in complete alignment with the sun and the moon and saw the Earth’s shadow cast over the moon. The moon gets its red shade from being slightly closer to Earth by about 30,000 miles. The opposite phenomenon is apogee-syzygy or in simpler terms a “micromoon.” But just the like the term, the micromoon gets treated with as much recognition and awe as poor Pluto.
If you were able to witness this event, thank your lucky satellites. Although less rare, the next regular moon total eclipse doesn’t happen until 2018. If you are like me, you live in a part of the United States that is only cloudy when there’s a rare, celestial event you’d very much like to see.
As such, I too had to settle for the next best thing – a time lapse video. The one-hour event is condensed to a few moments. Relive those amazing moments.