‘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:
Last but not least, here’s an obligatory Star Wars reference:
Lead image: Instagram, Hugo Cortez (@hugooohhh)