The so-called "super blood moon" hasn't taken place since 1982

By Maria Mercedes Lara
Updated September 27, 2015 10:30 PM
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On Sunday night, a rare astronomical phenomenon took place, resulting in a “super blood moon.”

The combination of a super moon – which happens when the moon is closest to the Earth’s orbit – and a lunar eclipse, hasn’t happened since 1982 and won’t happen again until 2033. The result is what many are calling a super blood moon, which means an extra-large moon will appear with a reddish hue.

According to The New York Times, most people won’t be able to tell the difference between Sunday’s super moon and a regular moon (it will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter, but the difference isn’t that noticeable to the untrained eye) but lunar-watchers will likely be able to recognize the red moon.

“You re basically seeing all of the sunrises and sunsets across the world, all at once, being reflected off the surface of the moon,” said Dr. Sarah Noble, a program scientist at NASA told the newspaper ahead of the event.

If you’re still scratching your head about this astronomical sighting, check out NASA’s explanation in video form below.