See Dazzling Photos of What the 'Super Blue Blood Moon' Looked Like All Over the World
Skygazers were in for a rare celestial treat on Wednesday, Jan. 31, as a total lunar eclipse, blue moon, and supermoon simultaneously took place.
The rare event, referred to as the "super blue blood moon," makes it so the moon that emits a copper-hinted glow as it enters into the darkest portions of the Earth's shadow — creating a total lunar eclipse.
The moon is also a blue moon (the second full moon of the month) and a supermoon (when a new or full moon occurs within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth, making it appear bigger), with the three events coming together to make for a mesmerizing view for the first time since 1982.
Those in North America were greeted with views of the super blue blood moon before sunrise.
Meanwhile, spectators from Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East gathered on beaches and outdoors to watch the moon as it rises.
Some viewers have been tracking the moon’s movement on social media, showcasing what the transition looks like from its bright glow to an orange hue.
The red supermoon could be also seen towering over the Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in Perth, Australia, where spectators gathered to watch the moon rise over sand dunes.
The next blue moon eclipse will take place in North America on Dec. 21, 2028. But you'll be able to see the next total lunar eclipse a lot sooner. For those in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, the next total lunar eclipse will be on July 27, 2018. Meanwhile, those in North and South America, the Pacific, Europe, and Africa will witness another total lunar eclipse on Jan. 21, 2019.