Internet users hoping to tune into rolling coverage from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) of the rare super blood moon astronomical phenomenon were left disappointed on Monday, when the agency's servers failed to broadcast it due to a technical problem.
I guess we broke our website. It's officially Monday.— Sky & Telescope (@SkyandTelescope) September 28, 2015
Astronomy fans were able to compensate for the live stream shortfall by exchanging photographs of the super blood moon taken from all over the world.
Super blood moons are rare, occurring when a total lunar eclipse coincides with a supermoon, the term for a new or full moon that closely coincides with its perigee, the closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.
The resulting 'blood moon' appears larger, as it is closer to the Earth, and redder, because it is lit by light refracted through the Earth's atmosphere.
The phenomenon has happened only five times since 1900, and was last observed in 1982; it will not return until 2033.
NASA will be hoping that its next attempt at a live broadcast will go rather more smoothly; on Thursday the space agency called a major press conference at 11:30 am EDT, in order to announce a "Mars mystery solved," according to its press release
big hype surrounding NASA's Mars announcement today — i hope its more along the lines of aliens & not free flowing water.— Gary C (@oohgaryc) September 28, 2015
The announcement is set to be broadcast live on NASA TV, amid fevered speculation about what the Martian discovery might be.
A collection of photographs taken of the 'super blood moon' from across the world.
- Red supermoon seen beyond the Moscow City Business Center, Moscow, Russia, September 28, 2015© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich
- The supermoon raises behind seagulls on the beach in Evanston, Illinois, September 26, 2015.© REUTERS / Jim Young
- A supermoon rises in the sky over the Rio de La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 27, 2015© REUTERS / Enrique Marcarian
- A flock of birds fly by as a super moon, rises in Mir, Belarus, 95 kilometers (60 miles) west of the capital Minsk, late Sunday, September 27, 2015© AP Photo / Sergei Grits
- Supermoon seen behind an Orthodox church in Turets, Belarus, 110 kilometers (69 miles) west of the capital Minsk, Monday, September 28, 2015© AP Photo / Sergei Grits
- Super moon rises in the sky near the Eiffel Tower as seen from Suresnes, Western Paris, France, September 27, 2015© REUTERS / Charles Platiau
- A combination of six pictures shows phases of the rising supermoon in the sky in Frankfurt, Germany, early morning September 28, 2015© REUTERS / Kai Pfaffenbach