For all the hype, supermoon eclipse wasn’t exactly a showstopper in Southern California

Southern California residents at the Griffith Observatory prepare for a rare  “super blood moon” lunar eclipse on Sept. 27.

So the long-awaited "supermoon" lunar eclipse Sunday wasn't quite the show some expected, with clouds obscuring the view for some in Southern California.

Nonetheless, many were looking to the sky tonight, including at the Griffith Observatory (more photos).

So what was all the fuss about?

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth's shadow falls on the moon as it moves between the moon and the sun. The coppery reddish color of the lunar face has given rise to its description as a "blood moon." Because the moon will also be at its closet point to Earth -- in perigee -- it will appear about 13% larger than other full moons. The last time the two events coincided was 1982, and the next time will be 2033.

Here is how Southern California captured -- or didn't capture -- the moment:

More photos

Shelby Grad contributed to this report.


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