‘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:
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 ?
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?
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
— epoca libera (@epocalibera) January 31, 2018
From Bangkok to New York City, moon gazers got to see a "Super Blue Blood Moon" illuminate the sky on Wednesday. This "lunar trifecta" occurs when three phenomenons occur at once, which hasn't happened in 36 years. pic.twitter.com/HAqMBihWou
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2018
— Hananya Naftali (@HananyaNaftali) January 31, 2018
— ABC News (@ABC) January 31, 2018
Ever seen a Super Blue Blood moon? Hang around for 150 years and we'll catch another one! Meanwhile here's the view from Richmond earlier. @TheChiswickCal @Ex_Inc @BlueCrystalLDN @MsNikkiWard @jeanne_jeannie @aliceterry_ @OrderlyKew @JaneWriting1 @annakunst @medianolan pic.twitter.com/mzfEsSZwSP
— Jon Perry (@JonsLens) January 31, 2018
A rare "super blue blood moon" was photographed Jan. 31 in the early morning hours at the Johnson Space Center. pic.twitter.com/SyNbJl2J6n
— Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) February 1, 2018
Super blue blood moon NYC. pic.twitter.com/8EKz8xherX
— Photo Geo ? (@PhotoTimeGeo) January 31, 2018
— It's Your Wales (@ItsYourWales) January 31, 2018
Last but not least, here’s an obligatory Star Wars reference:
That's no super blue blood moon… pic.twitter.com/1zOcdzC0Zv
— Last Exit To Nowhere (@LASTEXITshirts) January 31, 2018
Lead image: Instagram, Hugo Cortez (@hugooohhh)