A rare sight in the sky Sunday night

superlune-presentee-statue-mgr-lavalAmateur astronomers across Canada attended Sunday night in a rare and luminous celestial spectacle. People who looked up at the sky could see a total lunar eclipse when the Earth did overshadow what was dubbed a “superlune” shortly after 21h.

Superlune The term refers to the fact that the neighboring planet Earth was at its closest point to our planet, called perigee. These two simultaneous lunar events have attracted much attention, but some astronomers and physicists believe that the superlune phenomenon is exaggerated. In fact, NASA says that when the full moon was closer to the Earth, to 356 900 kilometers, it appeared that 14% larger than usual.

A total eclipse still remains fascinating to watch, the moon takes on a reddish hue over three hours, a phenomenon called “blood moon.” The next total eclipse is expected in 2018. With respect to the combination superlune-eclipse, it is rarer still a phenomenon, which has occurred only five times since 1900 either in 1910, 1928, 1946, 1964 and 1982.

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