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In India, amateur astronomers miss rare eclipse but happy to watch supermoon glory
In India, the penumbra partial supermoon eclipse was visible in western Rajasthan and some coastal areas of Gujarat. However, amateur astronomers in Jaipur did watch the uneclipsed supermoon, which by itself was a rare event to be observed and captured. I too went to the rooftop and terrace of my house to have a look on the supermoon, a bit bigger brighter moon, and took a few pictures of it.

A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon with its closest approach earth on its elliptical orbit. This results in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.

It name in common parlance is the supermoon which has become more popular. However, the technical name of the celestial event is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system.

The full eclipse of the supermoon will last more than an hour and be visible from North and South America, Europe, Africa and western Asia.

Elsewhere, it was a spectacular celestial event after three decades. The event was watched by large number of enthusiasts and students since it was a lunar eclipse with the moon near to its closest point to the Earth. The event will not be repeated until 2033; hence so much of interest where full eclipse will take place. More, this eclipse is also a rare sight since during a lunar eclipse; the moon turns a deep rusty red.

There is another unusual feature of this eclipse since it marks the completion of an unusual sequence of four total eclipses with six-month intervals known as a 'tetrad'.

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