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Pictures of the supermoon over Leeds

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Shaun Curnow
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Excellent news. The fact that you are reading this means a number of moon-based religious prophecies have not come true and we have not experienced the end of the world.

In case you managed to miss it (and we can understand if you did, considering it took place between about 3-5am) this morning saw a rare astronomical event known as a 'blood moon' – a lunar eclipse combined with a 'supermoon'.

A supermoon is an occasion where the moon is at its closest point to the Earth during it's lunar orbit, meaning it appeared up to 8% larger than normal. This was made extra special as it coincided with a lunar eclipse.

Normally, this is when the Earth moves in front of the sun and casts a shadow over the whole of the moon. Instead, light refracted through the Earth's atmosphere and illuminated the moon in a beautiful coppery colour.

Put more poetically by Marek Kukula, a public astronomer at the Royal Observatory: 'The light that shines on the moon is effectively the light of all the sunsets and sunrises on Earth.'

Plus, its not heralded that we were about to be wiped out by a meteor or whatever.

If you didn't catch the supermoon yourself, you'll have to wait until 2033 for the next one. In the meantime, you can enjoy some of these great pictures of the moon over Leeds, as captured by the diligent snappers of Instagram:

 

#good #moonrising #supermoon2015 #600d #canon #bloodmoon #Leeds

A photo posted by Lauren Robson (@inconsequential_nonsense) on

 
 

BLOODMOON #BloodMoon #BloodMoon2015 #Leeds

A photo posted by C h r i s • S p e n c e r © (@c_spencer86) on

 
 

IS MOON 🌕😍 #supermoon2015 #canon #600d #moon #bloodmoon #Leeds #UK #lunar #eclipse

A photo posted by Lauren Robson (@inconsequential_nonsense) on

 
 
 
 
 
 

Goodnight, Leeds. #Leeds #england #cityscape #fullmoon #lunareclipse #leedslife #balconyview #city #skyline

A photo posted by Joe Rudge (@joebarryrudge) on

 
 

Beautiful moon this eve #supermoon #leeds #riveraire

A photo posted by Sophie Hopes (@soppyh) on

 
 
 

The moon is bright tonight. #moon #bright #lunar #supermoon #highroyds #leeds #england #highroydslunaticasylum #neilarmstrong

A photo posted by Aaron Broadwell (@crispyrondog) on

 

Have you got any supermoon and bloodmoon pictures that you'd like to see added to this gallery? Email them to leedsblognetwork@timeout.com. 

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