Much-Hyped Supermoon Eclipse Leaves Some L.A.-Area Skywatchers Underwhelmed

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So the long-awaited “supermoon” lunar eclipse Sunday wasn’t quite the show some expected, with clouds obscuring the view for some in Southern California.

Nonetheless, many were looking to the sky tonight, including at the Griffith Observatory.

So what was all the fuss about?

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow falls on the moon as it moves between the moon and the sun. The coppery reddish color of the lunar face has given rise to its description as a “blood moon.”Because the moon will also be at its closet point to Earth — in perigee — it will appear about 13% larger than other full moons. The last time the two events coincided was 1982, and the next time will be 2033.

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