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HARTFORD - We got a pretty good show Sunday night.

With the skies are clear, a total lunar eclipse paired with a larger-than-average moon was a great way to finish up your Sunday evening.

It kicked off  in the evening around 9 p.m. The total eclipse was just before 11 p.m., and it finished up just after 1 a.m.

During a lunar eclipse, the Earth is essentially throwing shade on the moon. As we pass in between the moon and the sun, our shadow is cast all over the lunar surface, leaving a window of a few hours to observe this phenomenon.

In the last 17 months, there have been four lunar eclipses, so these aren’t completely rare. In terms of a supermoon eclipse, when the moon is at its closest point: our last one was in 1982, and we won't have another until 2033. The good news is that almost everyone in the western hemisphere could see it, along with many of those in Europe and western Africa.

Did you hear about the time a lunar eclipse saved Christopher Columbus's life? On the island of Jamaica in 1504, Columbus was frustrated with the lack of cooperation from the local Arawak people. Using his knowledge of astronomy, and with help from an almanac he owned, he knew there was an upcoming lunar eclipse a few days later. He told the local people that his God was mad with them for their lack of cooperation and would make it known in the sky. Sure enough, the Arawaks were astounded to see the eclipse, and followed everything Columbus said from that point on.

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