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.
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. It didn’t go through my @westcomb jacket, though. 🙏 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
A super blue blood moon rises behind the 2,500-year-old Parthenon temple on the Acropolis of Athens, Greece, on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. On Wednesday, much of the world will get to see not only a blue moon which is a supermoon, but also a lunar eclipse, all rolled into one celestial phenomenon. #APPhoto @petros_giannakouris #Greece #supermoon #Parthenon #temple #moon #AssociatedPress