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The Real Reason Why The
Supermoon Eclipse Was Important


                                                                                                             Photo by Dylan Xie



PHOTO ALBUM HIGH QUALITY SHOTS: (Originally posted to CSSA WeChat)
SBU Graduate Student Dylan Xie
(and check out his Milky Way photos on Facebook)
SBU Graduate Student Ken Diyuan Hu and Alumnus Oliver Hao Li
PHOTO ALBUM: LOL - i-Phone in the dark quality
Rec Fields Gathering,

September 27, 2015

Why was this supermoon lunar eclipse important? Why is any supermoon lunar eclipse important?

It's not because it's a once in a lifetime event. Though rare, lunar eclipses aren't, they're about every 2.5 years, and even a supermoon eclipse happens a few times in ones lifetime. The last ones in the past century were 1910, 1928, 1946, 1964 and 1982. The next one will be 2033.

It's not because it was a blood moon - reddish colored from the sun when the eclipse is full. All supermoon lunar eclipses are blood moons so though rare, still not a once in a lifetime event unless your luck is always clouds overhead. 

It's not because the moon was so much larger than any other full moon that happens during the perigee - when due to the moon's elliptical orbit it is closest to the earth. It's only 14% larger and we get to see that at least once a year.

So why?

As America's science coach Neil deGrasse Tyson once so aptly twittered, it's because it's the exact same communal event for billions of people. Think about it. How often in your lifetime will most of the people you now know, and a good majority of the people you will ever meet (unless you relocate to or move back to the other side of the earth), have seen almost exactly what you saw at almost the exact same moment you saw it?

Billions of people doing the exact same wondrous thing - peacefully - marveling at the beauty of the Universe in diffused togetherness. 

Some of the current and alumni staff of AA E-Zine would especially like to thank the Astronomy Club, JSO, the Japanese Student Organization, and Chris Stubenrauch, the organizer of the H Quad/Rec Fields gathering, and photographers Ken Diyuan Hu, Oliver Hao Li, and Dylan Xie.

The plan for a number of us was to watch the event from the roof of ESS with Astronomy and JSO until we heard so many had RSVPed it was being limited to 100 per hour. We then decided on the Rec Fields and having heard that many students planned to be there, sent a WeChat message to local AA E-Zine alumni and students.

Seven of us joined over a thousand students on the Rec Field - and we know for a fact that far more people went than swiped in. Of the 5 of us who sat on a solar blanket together, only two had brought their ID's with them. You can see some of us (May, Bin, Lucy and Brandon) HERE and this album contains photos like THIS of the crowd in the dark signing in.

Like many of those billions, the off campus crew (Allen, Diyuan, Oliver, Yuguo and spouses) opted to look at it THIS WAY

Check out for illuminating info on the eclipse:

Brandon, Ja, Kati, Lucy, May, and Xin






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