Red supermoon eclipse over Rome

Rare combination of red moon and lunar eclipse.

In the early hours of Monday 28 September there will be a red “supermoon” in combination with a lunar eclipse.

The so-called supermoon occurs when a full or new moon makes its closest approach to Earth and, even at a distance of more than 350,000km, it will seem much larger and brighter than normal.

The supermoon will be combined with a lunar eclipse, when the full moon passes through the darkest part of Earth's shadow, the umbra.

This rare double event can be witnessed in Rome between 02.10 and 07.23 on Monday morning.

The combination hasn't occured since 1982 and is not expected to happen again until 2033.

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