The Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Was a Visual Treat

Lewis County had a front-row seat for a viewing session of one of the most unique phenomena in the skies above us: the combination of a super moon and a lunar eclipse.

It was still too light for most of us to see it in Lewis County when it first happened, but at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday the super moon began to rise from the southeast, unmistakably reddish in color yet muted because of the eclipse.

The initial stages of the eclipse were a bit tricky to photograph, and the best photos of the eclipse would have been taken with an extra-long zoom lens and a tripod with a cable release. If anyone has any and are willing to share, contact us! We'll give you credit.

Last night's event in the skies was an incredibly rare treat. According to Space.com, the last supermoon eclipse took place in 1982 and won't take place for another 18 years. If you were able to witness the phenomenon for yourself, consider yourself lucky!

And although the supermoon eclipse won't return until 2033, those wishing to get a better view of the skies regardless of circumstance have a venue right here in Lewis County in which you can do so. The Onalaska School District opens the Herold Observatory for public viewing of the skies above us on occasion, so check their website for further details.

—Sept. 28, 2015