South Africa experienced the rare double treat of a larger full moon, also known as a super moon, and lunar eclipse in the early hours of 28 September.
“The rarity of the super moon and the eclipse is unusual,” said Jerome Jooste, chair of the Astronomical Society in Johannesburg.
The term super moon generally refers to a full moon which is at its nearest point to the earth.
Regarding the lunar eclipse, Jooste said there were two types:
- Penumbral – the half shadow, sometimes the moon doesn’t go into totality or total eclipse.
- Umbra – the moon passes through the deep shadow of the earth. It’s during that period that we see the moon turn a dark brown or orange colour and this is what is often termed a blood moon.
Here are some of the photos of the total eclipse. [Video of the event here].