Moon Rising over the Pawnee National Grassland
Jenny Harding, For TSM

We hadn't seen anything like this for the past 33 years. The lunar eclipse combined with a "Supermoon" and the "blood moon" made a showing on Sunday night. We won't see that combo again for another 18 years.

My wife and her photography class headed out to the Pawnee National Grassland, east of Fort Collins, to capture the magic.

A lunar eclipses occur when Earth's shadow blocks the sun's light. A "Supermoon" or perigee of the moon is when the moon is closest to earth. By being a bit closer, the moon appears technically 14% larger. As the the total eclipse approaches:

Sunlight reaches the moon indirectly and is refracted around the “edges” of Earth, through Earth’s atmosphere. Because of this, almost all colors except red are “filtered” out, and the eclipsed moon appears reddish or dark brown.

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