On Wednesday, for the first time in over 150 years, people around the world caught a glimpse of a “super blue blood moon.”
The term refers to three lunar events that happened at once: a full moon at the point in its orbit closest to Earth, the second full moon of a calendar month, and a total lunar eclipse.
A total lunar eclipse is known as a blood moon because the Earth’s shadow gives the moon a reddish hue. The second full moon in a calendar month is referred to as a blue moon. And a supermoon is another name for the full moon at the point in its orbit closest to Earth.
That’s a blood moon, a blue moon, and a supermoon all at the same time.
Moon gazers came out in droves around the world to watch the event, and many of their pictures are breathtaking.
Here’s how the moon looked from New Zealand to Turkey.
Above the Bosphorus straits in Istanbul.
A plane next to the ‘super blue blood moon’ in San Francisco.
Indian devotees take a holy dip and perform rituals at Sangam during the lunar eclipse.
Rising over Waterloo Bridge, London.
Over Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland.
Behind the Camlica Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
… and behind Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, California.
This composite taken in Islamabad shows the moon during the lunar eclipse
Behind Amboy Crater, a cinder cone volcano in the Mojave Desert.
In this shot, the eclipse is almost complete over the USS Midway in San Diego, California.
People with bicycles take photos in Lancelin, Australia
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