In case you missed it: 'Super Blue Blood Moon' in pictures

Aaron Brown
February 2, 2018

On the night of Wednesday, January 31, 2018, skywatchers enjoyed a rare lunar event that combined three rare phenomena - a blue moon, a super moon and a total eclipse.

At 5:30 a.m. the moon turned an orange hue for many sky gazers to see across the western portion of the U.S. The combination of a lunar eclipse, a blue moon and a super moon was has not been seen in over 150 years. The next total lunar eclipse will appear in just under a year, on January 19, 2019 - but it won't have that special blue moon or supermoon sheen.

"We are really excited that people made a decision to get up early and come see this rare lunar eclipse", Greenhouse said.

If you were up gazing at the sky early Wednesday morning, you likely saw three kinds of moon wrapped into one. This one also happened to be an especially close and bright moon, or supermoon.

"This moon was last time seen in 1,866", he added.

Annie Kennedy, one of the guests viewing the lunar eclipse, came to the Natural History Museum to see the eclipse through the museum's telescopes.

Mackay residents were keen to catch a glimpse of the rare super moon event last night.

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Outside the Griffith Observatory, which often draws tourists looking at the city's famous Hollywood sign, people lounged on the grass and peered through telescopes for a better look at the red-tinted "blood moon" shadow. "It comes from the notion that something happens, physiologically and mentally, to human beings during the full moon".

Experts believe the moon was formed 4.5 billion years ago when a Mars size planet (called Theia) collided with Earth.

"We only get eclipses when the orbital plane of the moon is in-line with both the Earth and the sun", Taylor said.

In addition to all 50 United States, Australia and Eastern Asia were able to view the lunar eclipse as the coloring glowed on the moon's surface for more than four hours.

SPACE India, a start-up focused on astronomy education and astro-tourism services, organized events to observe the phenomenon from 6 pm - 9.30 pm at various locations across India, including at India Gate.

It's caused by light bending around the Earth because of gravity passing around a portion of the atmosphere, more commonly known as a lunar eclipse.

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