In an amazing stroke of luck (and very good timing), the weekend’s persistent, overcast clouds parted just in time for Washington, D.C., to catch a glimpse of the supermoon lunar eclipse last night.

Washingtonians had their cameras ready.

The sun poked through the clouds early yesterday, bolstering hopes that skies would cooperate for the celestial viewing. But by late afternoon it was totally overcast again, and things did not look promising. At the time, we were thinking there was about a 20 percent chance that there’d be a lucky break around 9 or 10 p.m. — maybe just enough to get a fleeting glimpse before the moon vanished again behind the clouds.

What happened last night far exceeded expectations. Around 9 p.m., photos of the moon began pouring in on Twitter and Facebook. Though some of us were not as lucky as others, many photographers in the D.C. region were able to capture amazing photos of this rare and spectacular event.

The total lunar eclipse was particularly remarkable because it was occurring while the moon was in perigee, the closest the moon was to the Earth all year and why it’s called a supermoon. The coincidence of a supermoon and lunar eclipse is rare — it last happened 33 years ago, and won’t happen again for another 18 years.

Thanks to everyone who shared their view of the eclipse with us!

A supermoon combines with a lunar eclipse for the first time in decades to create a "blood moon." (Reuters)