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    Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

    CAPE CANAVERAL (AP) — The only total lunar eclipse this year and next came with a supermoon bonus.

    On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America, where skies were clear. There will not be another until the year 2021.

    It was also the year’s first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer position.

    The entire eclipse took more than three hours. Totality — when the moon’s completely bathed in Earth’s shadow — lasted an hour.

    During a total lunar eclipse, the eclipsed, or blood moon turns red from sunlight scattering off Earth’s atmosphere. Besides the Americas, the entire lunar extravaganza could be observed, weather permitting, all the way across the Atlantic to parts of Europe.

    The different stages of the blood moon and supermoon during a total lunar eclipse in Los Angeles. – PHOTOS: AP
    The moon is seen in its waxing gibbous stage as it rises behind the Empire State Building, Manhattan, New York City

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