A rare lunar trifecta unfolded early Wednesday when a lunar eclipse coincided with a super moon and blue moon for the first time in 150 years.
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.
Spectators saw an extra big super moon (when the moon is close to the Earth and appears bigger and brighter than normal) a blue moon (the second full moon in a calendar month) and blood moon (when the moon appears red during a total lunar eclipse). 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. 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 of the most beautiful shots from around the world.