VIDEO: Blood red 'supermoon' appears over Ireland

VIDEO: Blood red 'supermoon' appears over Ireland
The eclipse of the moon over Cork city with the cross on St. Joseph's SMA Church, Wilton, in the foreground. Pic: Denis Minihane

A blood red 'supermoon' has appeared in the skies above Ireland for the first time in more than 30 years.

A total lunar eclipse combined with a so-called supermoon made the moon appear brighter, closer and rusty red in colour.

The combination has not been seen since 1982, and will not happen again for another 18 years.

The spectacle began to unfold from 1.10am in Ireland, with the “total” phase - when the moon is completely in shadow – lasting from 3.11am to 4.24am. It was to go on until the moon emerged from the Earth’s shadow at 6.24am.

When the moon is at perigee, its shortest distance from the Earth, it is 226,000 miles away and appears 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is at its furthermost point.

VIDEO: Blood red 'supermoon' appears over IrelandPic: Conor Healy

During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns a deep rusty red, due to sunlight being scattered by the Earth’s atmosphere.

Unlike with a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is completely safe to observe through binoculars or a small telescope.

Many believe this eclipse was significant as it marks the completion of an unusual line-up of four total eclipses at six-monthly intervals known as a “tetrad”.

Texan pastor and author John Hagee says this has only happened three times in the past 500 years and claimed it is likely to herald a “hugely significant” world event.



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