What is the ‘Supermoon’ blood moon?

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Blood moon, full lunar eclipse, Uruguay, 2014

Don’t worry. It is not as scary as it sounds. This September 27th for the first time since 1982 and last until 2033 a total Supermoon lunar eclipse takes place.

A Supermoon is when a full moon is reached as it makes it’s closest pass to a satellite, giving the impression the moon is both brighter and more full than a typical full moon.  This is also called a ‘Perigree’ which means closest pass.

According to Space.com, a Supermoon eclipse has only happened five times since 1900. A total lunar eclipse is the brightest of the three types of lunar eclipses. When a total eclipse occurs the shadow from Earth blocks the sun’s light that normally reflects off the moon. Theoretically, any lunar eclipse can be considered a ‘Blood Moon’ as the moon appears to have a coppery color during an eclipse.