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The most breathtaking photos of Wednesday’s super blue blood moon

‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ may sound like the name of a terrible high school band, but it was actually a major celestial event that took place on Wednesday.

All over the world, people looked to the skies to witness the “lunar trifecta” of a supermoon, a blue moon, and a total lunar eclipse all at the same time.

A supermoon is when the moon appears particularly large due to its orbit bringing it closer to Earth, a blue moon is the second of two full moons that occur in a given month, and a total lunar eclipse is when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow.

The “blood” part comes from the reddish hue the moon appears to have. According to Space.com, this is due to the other colours of the spectrum being removed as scattered sunlight passes through the Earth’s atmosphere.

A super blue blood moon hasn’t happened since 1982 and won’t happen again until 2037, when Eric Trump is enjoying his second term in office following Ivanka, Melania, and Don Jr (just kidding – I hope).

Wednesday’s super blue blood moon was visible in large parts of the US, north-eastern Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, Australia and New Zealand. Here are some killer shots from around the world:

Blue Hour ☕️

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Wake up at 2:45, out hiking by 3:30, 1000 feet up by 4:00, camera rolls down 150 foot cliff at 4:15, no problem, everything’s good. 4:30? I could use a nap right now. By 5:00 it’s chill, cameras setup, it’s time to relax before the world’s even awake. Oh, and this is a creative blend of shots all taken from that hike this morning, I hope you enjoy ?

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The #totallunareclipse was visible as a partial one from Western Lofoten. Nonetheless, it was beautiful to see the eclipsed Moon rising above the mighty mountains of Lofoten. To photograph the eclipse, I hiked straight up (you will take the regular path when hiking this mountain, ok?) from Yttresand beach to Yttresandheia and I stopped about midway. It was windy like hell and it was kinda challenging to hold the tripod still. The wind must have been around 12-14 m/s up there. Shot through a Pentax 75SDHF telescope. Have you seen the eclipse?

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Don't tell me the moon is shining;show me the glint of light on broken glass.

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You're in for a treat tomorrow night with a total lunar eclipse, coinciding with both a supermoon and a blue moon! With one of the best views of Perth in our own backyard, walk up to Reabold Hill in Bold Park to see this spectacular event. #supermoon #lunareclipse #boldpark #townofcambridge MORE: http://ow.ly/BCkt30i5244

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Last but not least, here’s an obligatory Star Wars reference:

Lead image: Instagram, Hugo Cortez (@hugooohhh)

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Stefan is an Adelaide-based freelance writer. In his spare time, he plays tennis badly, collects vinyl and brushes up on his Mandarin. Follow Stefan on Twitter

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