Eyes on the sky! Rare ‘SuperBloodMoon’ excites social media (PHOTOS)

A "supermoon'' rises above Brighton in southern England. September 27, 2015. © Toby Melville
Tonight’s supermoon and combined eclipse – an event that occurred only five times in the 20th century – created quite a stir on social media. Spectators hurried to post fascinating photos of the reddish supermoon, as the next one is expected only in 2033.

Earthlings treated to a rare sigh

#SuperBloodMoon:The sun, the Earth and the moon line up in a row to put on a show

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The celestial phenomenon took place for the first time since 1982, according to NASA. Instagram addicts had to take to their cameras immediately as the next suchlike event will take place in 18 years. 

A supermoon rises in the sky above the Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica in Marseille, France, September 28, 2015. © Jean-Paul Pelissier

The bloodmoon was seen in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and some regions of West Asia and the eastern Pacific. For more than an hour, the Earth came between the sun and the moon and its shadow almost swallowed up the lunar disc.

“It’s just planetary dynamics. The orbit of the moon around Earth is inclined to the axis of Earth and the orbital plane of all these things just falls into place every once in a while. When the rhythms line up, you might get three to four eclipses in a row or a supermoon and an eclipse happening,” said Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

A supermoon rises in the sky over the Rio de La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 27, 2015. © Enrique Marcarian

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According to Petro, tonight’s supermoon is a perigee full moon and is considered the closest full moon of the year.

“Because the orbit of the moon is not a perfect circle, the moon is sometimes closer to the Earth than at other times during its orbit,” he said.

A supermoon, the last of this year's supermoons, rises over a minaret of a mosque in Wadi El-Rayan Lake at the desert of Al Fayoum Governorate, south west of Cairo, Egypt, September 27, 2015 © Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Hashtags #SuperBloodMoon and #BloodMoonEclipse have gone viral on social media, where users share their impressions of celestial events, as well as the pictures they take.

#supermoon #bloodmoon #superbloodmoon #moon #eclipse #lunar #astronomy #space

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Native Americans used to give every full moon a special name. The full moon closest to the autumn equinox was often referred to as the Harvest Moon.

A supermoon, the last of this year's supermoons, is pictured in the sky in Managua, Nicaragua September 27, 2015. © Oswaldo Rivas

There were five supermoons – but not bloodmoons – in 2014, and there will be six in 2015. The next full moon will shine in October.

A couple kisses as a supermoon rises in the sky over the Rio de La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 27, 2015. © Enrique Marcarian

A super moon rises in the sky near the Eiffel tower as seen from Suresnes, Western Paris, France, September 27, 2015. © Charles Platiau

#superbloodmoon

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Children look at the moon as they gather in the settlement of Poschupovo in Ryazan region, Russia, September 27, 2015. © Maxim Shemetov

The moon is seen above a cross channel ferry leaving the port of Dover, southern England, September 27, 2015. © Eddie Keogh

A cross atop of a local monastery is seen silhouetted against the moon in the settlement of Poschupovo in Ryazan region, Russia, September 27, 2015. © Maxim Shemetov

A full moon, the last of this year's supermoons, rises near a statue of Pope Leon IX in Eguisheim, Eathern France, September 27, 2015. © Jacky Naegelen

A "supermoon'' rises above Brighton in southern England September 27, 2015. © Toby Melville

A supermoon, the last of this year's supermoons, is pictured in the sky in Ciudad Juarez, September 27, 2015. © Jose Luis Gonzalez

A monument to St. George the Victorious is seen silhouetted against the moon in Ryazan, Russia, September 27, 2015. © Maxim Shemetov