Bloodmoon shines over the world ... save for Mexico City

It's just too cloudy.

The Moon shone red all over the world, and even some areas of Mexico, but the nation's capital is under a heavy blanket of clouds. (Photo: SPECIAL)
English 28/09/2015 00:38 Notimex/Newsroom/Mexico City Actualizada 00:40
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The Moon, the natural satellite of Earth, shone red and appeared bigger all over the Earth, save for Mexico City, which was unable to watch the cosmic spectacle due to a heavy blanket of clouds.

The so-called "Supermoon" and "Bloodmoon" phenomenons came together, with the satellite on its perigee, its closest position in regards to Earth.

The dual phenomenon was observed on Chiapas, San Luis Potosí, Quintana Roo, Jalisco, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Yucatán, Zacatecas, Durango, Tabasco, Sonora, Sinaloa, Campeche, and other states, as well as the Americas, Europe, Africa, West Asia and the east of the Pacific Ocean.

The last time something like this happened was in 1982 and it will return on 2033.

The red tinge on the Moon is caused by a total lunar eclipse. And, when a full or new moon makes its closest approach to Earth, that's a Supermoon. Although still about 220,000 miles away, this full Moon looks bigger and brighter than usual.

This eclipse marks the end of a tetrad, or series of four total lunar eclipses set six months apart. This series began in April 2014.

The 21st century will see eight of these tetrads, an uncommonly good run. From 1600 to 1900, there were none.

Observatories are marking the celestial event with public telescope viewing, although magnifying devices won't be necessary; the eclipse will be easily visible with the naked eye. Astronomers are urging stargazers to simply look to the east.

In Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory also will serve up Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" on the piano and other moon-themed music.

NASA will provide a live video feed of the entire eclipse, an option in case clouds obscure your own view like it happened to the unfortunate people in Mexico City.

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