17 Photos of Last Night's Rare Super Blood Moon
The next time you'll be able to see it will be in 2033.
What made last night’s full moon standout from the rest? Two things:
First of all, the moon was a Super Moon—meaning it was at the point in its orbit where it’s closest to earth—making it appear about 14 percent larger in the sky. Second, there was a total lunar eclipse—when the earth, sun and moon align—allowing the moon to fall into the earth’s shadow, giving it a dark rusty hue and earning it the name, “Blood Moon.”
The combination of the lunar eclipse and the Super Moon (a Super Blood Moon) is a phenomenon that occurs once in a generation, making last night’s moon fairly rare. The last time it occurred was in 1982.
Disappointed you missed it? Instagrammers around the world captured the view across the globe: