Photos: Supermoon eclipse unfolds above Burnham-On-Sea
risers in Burnham-On-Sea were treated to a rare lunar eclipse
coinciding with a so-called 'supermoon' on Monday (September 28th).
eclipse - which made the Moon appear red - was clearly visible
across the Burnham-On-Sea area.
phenomenon was last seen in Burnham in 1982 and won't come again
until the year 2033.
watched the phenomenon unfold on the town's seafront along with
several other photographers. A supermoon occurs when the Moon
is in the closest part of its orbit to Earth, meaning it appears
larger in the sky.
skies in Burnham-On-Sea meant skygazers were able to see the Moon
pass through the Earth's shadow at 3.47am.
'supermoon' - when Earth's satellite is near its minimum distance
from our planet - means the Moon appeared 7-8% larger in the sky.
moon looked rust-coloured during the total lunar eclipse, giving
rise to its nickname Blood Moon.
colour is caused by the Earth's atmosphere scattered blue light
more strongly than red light, and it is this red light that reaches
the lunar surface.
the full Moon moved into our planet's shadow, it dimmed dramatically
but remained just visible, lit by sunlight that passes through
the Earth's atmosphere.
eclipse began at soon after 1am, when the Moon entered the lightest
part of the Earth's shadow, known as the penumbra, and adopted
a yellowish colour. At 3.11am the Moon completely entered the
umbra - the inner dark corpus of our planet's shadow.
point of greatest eclipse occurred at 3.47am, when the Moon was
closest to the centre of the umbra, with the eclipse ending at
Blood Moon observed over Burnham-On-Sea seafront during the eclipse.
Stuart Anderson took these super shots of the moon during the