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Stony Brook witnesses the supermoon lunar eclipse  
Crowds of people congregated on the rooftop of the Earth and Space Sciences building to witness a rare phenomenon last Sunday night-a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse.

A supermoon occurs when the full moon is closest to the Earth-an event known as perigee. Because of its proximity, the moon appears 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter in the sky than a moon that is not at perigee. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth travels between the sun and the moon, causing Earth's shadow to obscure the moon for more than an hour, according to the NASA website.

The combination of these two events occurs once every few decades.

Stony Brook University's Japanese Student Organization, or JSO, and Astronomy Club collaborated together to host a moon viewing in honor of this event. read more


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