On Sunday, September 27, 2015 Chicagoans gathered at Lake Michigan near Foster Beach to watch the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse from 8:00 pm until 10:00 pm CST. The crowd grew around 9:00 pm, when the clouds started to part like the Red Sea. The eclipse started around 8:07 pm, allowing for the crowd to catch the ending of the lunar eclipse, with a sliver of the moon disappearing quickly. The moon became smaller and smaller and then hid behind a new patch of clouds.
When the moon reappeared, it transformed into a burnt orange color.
The Supermoon Lunar Eclipse was special because it was the first time since 1982 that the moon experienced an eclipse and a supermoon at the same time. This two-fold event is expected to reoccur in 2033.
The Marshall Space Flight Center offered special viewings of the moon at various locations in America including the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.
In the words of Vincent Van Gogh:
“I know nothing with any certainty. But the sight of the stars makes me dream.”