CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The only total lunar eclipse this year and next came with a supermoon bonus.
The moon, Earth and sun lined up Sunday night to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America, where skies were clear. There won't be another until the year 2021.
It was also the year's first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer position.
The eclipse took more than three hours. Totality - when the moon's completely bathed in Earth's shadow - lasted an hour.
During a total lunar eclipse, the eclipsed, or blood moon turns red from sunlight scattering off Earth's atmosphere.
In addition to the Americas, the entire lunar extravaganza was observed, weather permitting, across the Atlantic to parts of Europe.
This morning at 4.52am there was a Total Lunar Eclipse of the Blood Moon 🌒 Perfectly visible under Cornwall’s clear skies, a few early birds were very lucky to catch it. This stunning shot through Roche Rock was taken by Tom Last 👌#TotalLunarEclipse #bloodmoon pic.twitter.com/dXzhoUomYe— Cornwall LIVE (@CornwallLive) January 21, 2019
Did you catch a glimpse of the blood moon during the lunar eclipse? pic.twitter.com/QVpfsxlzQs— Tech Insider (@techinsider) January 21, 2019
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