The super moon rising over New York City

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From Beijing to Berlin, star gazers admired the supermoon – the largest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades – as it made its way across the skies.

The supermoon, also known as a blood moon, was produced when the shadow of Earth cast a reddish glow on the moon, the result of a rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of the year.

For more than an hour on Sunday night and early on Monday morning, Earth’s shadow blanketed the full moon as the planet passed between the sun and the moon.

The brilliant white glow of the moon slowly transformed into a dim red, a coloring caused by Earth’s atmosphere scattering sunlight into the shadow.

The next supermoon-lunar eclipse combination will not happen until 2033.


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