Tonight's Big Event

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Lovely #lunareclipse tonight. Had many owls hooting outside!

A photo posted by @ryanscherb on

The total eclipse of the super blood moon just ended at 11:23 am EST. (The partial eclipse will end at 12:27 am). NatGeo has a good overview of the night’s significance:

[T]hree separate lunar events converge. The total eclipse coincides with the full moon nearest the fall equinox, known as the harvest moon. What’s more, the moon is at its closest approach to Earth for the year, making it also a supermoon or perigee moon. That’s why it’s being coined by some as a Super Harvest Blood Moon—a mouthful to be sure.

This confluence has happened only five times since 1900. According to NASA, the last time we saw this celestial triple combination was in 1982, and it won’t repeat until 2033.

​Here’s one of the more startling shots on Reuters today, from Brighton, England:

Toby Melville / Reuters

One of the more common reactions via Twitter:

And another:

To mark the occasion today, Alan put together a gallery of image from a “treasure trove of lunar photography from the Project Apollo Archive.”