On Sunday, September 27, 2015, the world was graced by the appearance of a “supermoon” coinciding with a lunar eclipse. The last time this occurred was in 1982 and it isn’t projected to happen again until 2033.
Many different people and cultures around the world gathered to watch the rare sight. Unfortunately, in many areas, there were clouds obscuring the view of the moon. However, those who could see the moon, worked hard to capture this occasion.
Students all around Ephraim were seen admiring the moon, some staying out for three hours. At Snow Garden Apartments, about twenty students snuggled up in blankets on the grass with roommates and friends. Social media exploded with everyone’s unique perspective of the rare experience.
Why was the moon so special that night?
The natural result of the moon’s elliptical path around the world made it so the moon was at its closest point to Earth. This resulted in the moon becoming fourteen percent larger and thirty times brighter than usual.
In addition to the moon becoming a “supermoon,” it was experiencing a full lunar eclipse. A very exciting and rare occurrence. In the fourth and final stage of the lunar eclipse, the moon appeared as a “blood moon.”
“All colors except red are ‘filtered’ out, and the eclipsed moon appears reddish or dark brown,” NASA officials wrote in a statement. “This filtering is caused by particulates in our atmosphere; when there have been a lot of fires and/or volcanic eruptions, lunar eclipses will appear darker and redder. This eerie — but harmless — effect has earned the phenomenon the nickname ‘blood moon.’”
There are many prophecies connected to a “blood moon,” and many people were worried. There are predictions connected to a “blood moon” in the Mayan calendar as well as the book of numbers.
Instead of admiring the beauty of the moon, many people were worried that the world was going to end. It went far enough that some religious figures had to release official statements reassuring them otherwise.
The blood moon and a supermoon together was a very unique experience. Many pictures have been posted online for those who missed it because of the clouds to choose to admire. If not, those individuals can check again in 2033.