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Sunday's rare lunar eclipse phenomenon won't be seen again until 2033
The lunar eclipse is also a supermoon and a tetrad, or blood moon

Lauren Blue
The eclipse will start at 9:07 PM and be at its deepest in the eclipse at 10:48 PM Sunday. It will be visible until 12:27 AM.
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Make sure to look up on Sunday night because it will be the last time until 2033 to see a total lunar eclipse that is also a super moon and a tetrad, or blood moon.

This rare event occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth, making it look up to 14 percent larger, while traveling through Earth’s shadow. This is the fourth phase in a succession of lunar eclipses, making it a tetrad.

Jason Davis is an astronomer at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He says the blood red color is the result of the scattering of refracted light on the surface of the moon.

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“You can think of the moon’s reddish-brown color during the eclipse as a projection of all of the sunsets and sunrises on the Earth at that moment," says Davis.  

He says, "a neat way to think about it would be if you were standing on the moon looking back at Earth you would see this just brilliant ring of red light.” 

Davis says different things can affect the color. Volcanic eruptions and a particularly cloudy day will make the moon look redder.

The eclipse will start at 9:07 PM and be at its deepest in the eclipse at 10:48 PM Sunday. 

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