PHOTO GALLERY: Breathtaking images of 'supermoon' lunar eclipse

The astronomical event occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual.

Sky-watchers around the world are in for a treat Sunday night and Monday when the shadow of Earth casts a reddish glow on the moon, the result of rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of the year. The total "supermoon" lunar eclipse, also known as a "blood moon" is one that appears bigger and brighter than usual as it reaches the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth.
The astronomical event occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual.