Richard Wintle of Calyx was up in the early hours of 28 September to capture these images of the blood red ‘supermoon’ in the skies above Britain, the first time since the last lunar eclipse for over 30 years.
The ‘total’ phase – when the moon is completely in shadow – lasted from 3.11am to 4.24am. The moon was 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal as it was at the shortest distance from the Earth – 226,000 miles away.
The last time this coincided with a lunar eclipse, when the moon is covered by the Earth’s shadow, was in 1982 and the event will not be repeated until 2033.
During a lunar eclipse, the moon turned a deep rusty red, due to sunlight being scattered by the Earth’s atmosphere. Some religious groups and believers in astrology were convinced it is a sign that the End of Days is nigh, others thought it might be a portent of Triffids arriving. But neither event has taken place – yet. It’s only a matter of time, at some point in the future.