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Are we on Tatooine? Taking in the supermoon eclipse

A supermoon and total lunar eclipse break through clouds Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, over Valley of Fire State Park.
Photo: L.E. Baskow

Supermoon Eclipse | Valley of Fire State Park | September 27, 2015 | 7:45 P.M.

Stars don’t do it. They can’t. They’re just a salting of light in endless dark. Only the moon makes us feel the Earth hanging in space like a papier-mâché ball on a string. It’s the closest celestial body, occasionally so close in its orbit that scientists say it appears about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal. This weekend, such a “supermoon” overlapped a lunar eclipse, transforming our little white sphere into a rare blood moon. As it rose over Las Vegas, it was more like a sun setting on Tatooine. And in the desert night at Valley of Fire, the moon’s gorgeous rust colors looked sucked straight from the rock. We get pretty desensitized to the sublime in nature. But some things are just too awesome.

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