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Thick cloud cover ruins moon show

Observers hoping to catch a glimpse of Sunday's full moon found it eclipsed by thick cloud cover and not, as promised, by the Earth's shadow.

Across Bermuda, a veil of clouds obstructed the sky, rendering the evasive “blood moon” a dud moon.

Stargazers instead had to seek it online as watchers worldwide posted pictures of the celestial display.

Photographer Chris Burville also had big plans to shoot the rare phenomenon.

He said: “I was keeping an eye out during the entire three-hour event, despite the thick cloud bank seen in the satellite imagery.”

He began the evening looking for the perfect shooting spot before eventually driving home.

With one eye on the heavens, he said: “I saw a dark sky of nothingness, a blank canvas, I stared up at the sky and saw an empty abyss.”

Meanwhile viewers from North and South America to West Africa and Western Europe shared the experience online with the title “Super Blood Moon”. The appellation refers to the uncommon occurrence of a total lunar eclipse coinciding with the lunar perigee ­— the point in the moon's orbit at which it is nearest to the earth.

Local enthusiasts' plans may have been thwarted by the inclement weather, but they can take comfort knowing they will get another chance ... in 2033.

In this photograph taken with a long exposure, Earth's shadow partially obscures the view of the so-called supermoon during a lunar eclipse in Stedman, North Carolina, on Sunday.The combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse last occurred in 1982 and will not happen again until 2033 (Photograph by Johnny Horne/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)

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Published September 29, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated September 29, 2015 at 2:44 am)

Thick cloud cover ruins moon show

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