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Rare astronomical event Sunday

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Most of North America witnessed a rare astronomical event on Sunday evening - a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse for the first time since 1982. 

A supermoon occurs when a new or full moon is at its closest to the Earth. It will be the night of the largest, closest full moon of the year combined with a total lunar eclipse. 

According to report by NASA, this event won’t happen again until 2033.

"That’s rare because it’s something an entire generation may not have seen," said deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Noah Petro.

 The next lunar eclipse wont occur until 2018. 

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