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Sunday 4 December 2016

Pictures: Clear skies give star gazers great views of supermoon

The supermoon rises behind Glastonbury Tor
The supermoon rises behind Glastonbury Tor
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A supermoon, the last of this year's supermoons, rises near the minaret of a mosque in Wadi El-Rayan Lake at the desert of Al Fayoum Governorate, southwest of Cairo
Blood moon taken this morning in Dundalk overlooking St.Patrick's Cathedral Photo: Darran Rafferty
Blood moon taken this morning in Dundalk overlooking St.Patrick's Cathedral Photo: Darran Rafferty
Blood moon taken this morning in Dundalk overlooking St.Patrick's Cathedral Photo: Darran Rafferty
Photo: Paul Condron
Lunar eclipse last night at 4.05am, in Enfield, co Meath. Photo: Azharul Omar
Eclipse sequence taken in Waterford. Photo: Leah Burgess
Taken at Ballycotton Co Cork Photo: Leah Burgess
A man takes picture of the screen displaying the moon, appearing in a dim red colour, which is covered by the Earth's shadow during a total lunar eclipse in Warsaw
The moon rises over electricity pylons near Bath ahead of a lunar eclipse which will create a 'supermoon' when the the moon is near to its closest point to the Earth
A "supermoon'' rises above Brighton in southern England
The moon is seen above a cross channel ferry leaving the port of Dover
A super moon rises in the sky near the Eiffel tower as seen from Suresnes
A super moon rises in the sky near the Eiffel tower as seen from Suresnes
A supermoon, the last of this year's supermoons, is pictured in the sky in Ciudad Juarez
A partially eclipsed supermoon, the last of this year's supermoons, rises over Las Vegas
The so-called supermoon passes behind the peak of the Washington Monument during a lunar eclipse
The so-called supermoon rises above office buildings Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo., before a total lunar eclipse.
The Moon, appearing in a dim red colour, is covered by the Earth's shadow during a total lunar eclipse over Paris
A so-called supermoon is seen at the finish of a lunar eclipse behind an Orthodox church in Turets, Belarus, 110 kilometers (69 miles) west of capital Minsk
The supermoon raises behind seagulls on the beach in Evanston, Illinois
People watch a blood red "supermoon" in the skies above Glastonbury Tor, created from a lunar eclipse with the moon near to its closest point to the Earth.
The moon becoming eclipsed by the earth's shadow above the Kelpies, the world's largest equine sculptures, in Falkirk.
A blood red "supermoon" in the skies above Portsmouth created from a lunar eclipse with the moon near to its closest point to the Earth.
A supermoon hangs in the sky in Frankfurt
A supermoon hangs in the sky in Frankfurt
A blood red "supermoon" in the skies by the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
A composite image of a blood red "supermoon" in the skies above the Liver Building, Liverpool
The moon, appearing in a dim red colour, is covered by the Earth's shadow during a total lunar eclipse in Warsaw
The moon over Ireland

There was delight for star gazers who observed a rare blood red "supermoon" in the early hours of this morning.

Two major events came together as a supermoon coincided with a lunar eclipse.

A supermoon occurs when the moon is in the closest part of its orbit to earth, meaning it appears larger in the sky.

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David Moore of Astronomy Ireland said his organisation had received pictures of it from all around the country.

"We ran a watch ourselves from 2am to 6am at our headquarters in Blanchardstown.

"There were hundreds of people there in the small hours of the morning, far more than we expected," he said.

"They were treated to an incredible spectacle of nature."

Mr Moore said that there was a perfect sky with hardly a cloud in sight.

The total part of the eclipse was about an hour and ten minutes. That was when the moon was completely immersed in the Earth's shadow.

"The moon shouldn't be visible but thanks to our atmosphere, we do see it with this coppery red colour," Mr Moore said on RTE's Morning Ireland.

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