Supermoon is nighttime phenomenon

Staff Reports Posted 27 September 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman
Orleans Hub photographer Cheryl Wertman captured the total supermoon lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon, tonight.

Tonight is a once in a generation phenomenon, a confluence of three things. The moon will be full and in its closest point in its orbit around the Earth, a so-called supermoon.

There will also be a lunar eclipse when the Earth will line up directly with the sun and moon, directly between the two when the moon will fall in the Earth’s shadow.

The moon will not look completely dark because light scatters off the Earth’s atmosphere, giving the moon a reddish color.

Heather Kuepper also sent in these photos she took in Gaines.