A once in a blue moon blood super moon.

A composite photo of the total lunar eclipse of Monday 28th September 2015 over West Yorkshire Credit: GEORGE HOWIE

A blood moon, or total lunar eclipse, happens every few years, the last one visible from the U.K. was 21st December 2010 but the one we witnessed last night was special because the moon was at perigee so appeared slightly larger than normal. What does this mean? The moon's orbit around earth isn't circular, it is elliptical so sometimes the moon is nearer the earth (perigee) and when it is furthest from the earth we say it is at 'apogee'

When the full moon is at perigee it appears to be 14% larger in diameter than at apogee.The last time there was a total lunar eclipse at perigee was 1982 and the next one is 2033.

The next total lunar eclipse visible from Yorkshire (but not perigee, or 'super') will be Friday July 27th 2018.

Why does the moon turn red?Imagine you are standing on the surface of the moon. The sun will slowly be obscured by the earth - an eclipse - but when the sun is fully obscured there remains a red ring around the earth. Every sunset on earth is visible at once! What a sight that must be!

Below is a small selection of the wonderful pictures you sent me. Thank you very much.

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SuperMoon Rising-Hatfield Credit: MICK BOETTCHER
Here's the earth's shadow starting to creep across the moon's surface Credit: ANDREW WOOD
Over Cowling, North Yorkshire Credit: BRIAN HOLGATE
Over Grimsby Credit: WAYNE PORTER
Altofts Credit: GRANT OSBORNE
Over Steeton Credit: RAY GRAHAM
The earth's shadow retreats from the moon's surface. Soon all will be back to normal. Credit: SAM BINNS