Rare ‘super blue blood moon’ arrives

Rare ‘super blue blood moon’ arrives

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Images from around the world as the lunar event dazzles skywatchers.

Mehdi Amar

A rare lunar event being called the “super blue blood Moon” has dazzled skywatchers around the world. Mehdi Amar took this picture in Madrid.

Usha Venkat

It happens when a total lunar eclipse, a blood Moon and a supermoon coincide. Usha Venkat took this by the capitol building in Indiana.

Abdul Rahman Yassin

The phenomenon has been seen around the world, including by Abdur Rahman Yassin, who took this photo in Singapore.

Mehdi Amar

The Moon should appear about 7% larger and 15% brighter than usual. Some good timing helped Mehdi Amar take this photo in Madrid.

Reuters

Here, the moon is seen behind a temple in Bangkok.

EPA

A blue moon occurs when a full moon happens twice in one month, and a supermoon occurs when the Moon is closest to the Earth.

Reuters

It has been seen in the western hemisphere, such as here in New York, for the first time in more than 150 years. Beyond the US, it has been spotted in Asia, Australia, and Eastern Europe.

AFP

This close-up of the moon was taken in Jakarta, Indonesia.

EPA

This red glow is produced by the same effect that gives us red sunsets. Sunlight is skimming through the Earth’s atmosphere on its way to the Moon and it gets refracted or bent. The blue light is then filtered out, leaving the red light visible.