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SLIDESHOW: 'Super Blood Moon' makes rare appearance

This photo of a blood moon was taken in October 2014 in Bertrand, Mo. (Source: Sandy Bell/cNews) This photo of a blood moon was taken in October 2014 in Bertrand, Mo. (Source: Sandy Bell/cNews)
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On Sunday, all of the Heartland will be greeted with not only a “Supermoon,” but a total lunar eclipse, leading to a "blood moon," as well.

What is it, exactly?

The phenomenon occurs as the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, putting the view of the moon in the Earth’s shadow.

Mobile users can click here to view pictures of the Super Blood Moon.

If you missed the eclipse because of cloud coverage, NASA streamed the eclipse live. Desktop users can watch the replay in the video player embedded in the story.

Due to the Earth’s atmosphere extending outwards to over 50 miles from the surface, when the moon is totally eclipsed by the moon there is a point of light that shines through our atmosphere.

The colors of light that makes it through is red and this actually turns the black shadow into a reddish glow, or what some call a “Blood Moon.”

This phenomenon doesn't happen often. This combination hasn't happened since 1982, and it won't make an appearance again until 2033.

Where did people see it?

The "super blood moon" lit up the night sky across the Heartland from Desloge, Mo. to West Frankfort, Ill. and as far south as Paragould, Ark.

Organizers at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale are expecting more than 1,000 people to come out to the stadium where the duration of the eclipse will be longer than almost anywhere else.

There will be scientific demonstrations and displays, as well as movies playing.

"The moon is gonna be full, it's gonna be really big, and then it's going to start to eclipse," said Bob Baer, organizer. "It's gonna look like someone took a bite out of it, and that bite is gonna be larger and larger until it's totally eclipsed."

Baer said as special as it is, it's actually going to serve as a practice run.

NASA recently announced they'll be at SIUC for the total solar eclipse, which will take place in August 2017. For that event, the 15,000 seat stadium is expected to be filled entirely.

The Bald Knob Cross of Peace in Alto Pass, Illinois, one of the highest locations in the entire state with very little “light pollution,” opened its gates to people to view the eclipse.

“We are very excited to open our facilities for this spectacular event,” said Teresa Gilbert, the Executive Director for Bald Knob Cross of Peace.

“Although we normally have the Cross lit during this time, we will extinguish the lighting so the viewing will be better,“ Gilbert said.

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