PICS: Bloody spectacular; Moon the superstar of the sky last night

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The bloodmoon was simply stunning last night
The bloodmoon was simply stunning last night

Last night's combination of a supermoon and an eclipse led to some sensational images being captured over Ireland.

Stargazers have observed a blood red "supermoon" in the skies above Ireland for the first time in 30 years.

Hundreds of people gathered at the headquarters of Astronomy Ireland in Blanchardstown in West Dublin in the early hours of this morning to see the phenomenon.

Speaking on RTE Radio One's 'Morning Ireland', Astronomy Ireland's David Moore described it as an "incredible spectacle of nature".

Astronomy Ireland set up a special watch from 2am to 6am at their headquarters in West Dublin.

"There were hundreds of people there, far more than we expected at that ungodly hour," Mr Moore said. 

"It was an incredible spectacle of nature, perfect sky, hardly a cloud in sight - we saw the whole thing from start to finish. A supermoon and that blood moon effect.

"The total part of the eclipse, which lasted an hour and ten minutes from 3.10am and 4.25am, that's when the moon is completely immersed in the earth's shadow. It goes

From a bright full moon at night to an extremely dark night with a just a dull glowing ember of the moon. It was effectively being lit up by all of the earth's sunrises and all of the earth's sunsets.

"The moon shouldn't be visible, but thanks to our atmosphere, we do see it.

A supermoon happens when the moon is at its closest point to Earth, about 226,000 miles, and it appears 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is at its furthermost point.

Last night that coincided with an eclipse, giving the ultra bright, ultra large moon a spectacular red hue, known as a blood moon.

The next time an eclipse and a supermoon wil coincide will be in 2033.