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Super-blue-blood-moon a rare phenomenon

03 February 2018, 03:21 | Clyde Nash

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The full Moon is seen from Salgotarjan 109 kms northeast of Budapest Hungary Wednesday Jan. 31 2018. In the foreground Fort Salgo is silhouetted

Kassidy James captured a stunning image as the super blue blood moon peeped through the clouds in Te Arakura, Feilding at 3.37am this morning.

The South Western Times asked its readers to send in their pictures.

The Moon, which goes around the Earth in an elliptical orbit, gets closest to the Earth at one point - known as perigee.

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.

As for the supermoon, the term refers to when a full moon coincides with the moon being closest to earth.

Astronomers say that the conditions which governed tonight's appearance of the moon are incredibly rare.

An almost full moon is seen through the clouds over Frankfurt Germany Tuesday Jan. 30 2018
An almost full moon is seen through the clouds over Frankfurt Germany Tuesday Jan. 30 2018

A Super Blue Blood Moon rises behind the Camlica Mosque on January 31, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

However as the total eclipse started at 6.21 pm, it could be seen by everybody from rooftops, street corners, highrise buildings and open field, Director (Research & Academics) M P Birla Planetarium, Debiprasad Duari told PTI here.

The total lunar eclipse of December 10, 1992, was so dark that for a while the moon appeared to have vanished altogether and the sky was as dark as that on a new moon night, Paranjpye added. But because the Earth does have air from the perspective of the moon looking back at the Earth with the sun behind it, you would se all of the sunrises and sunsets during that time in a ring. He's deputy project scientist for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, circling the moon since 2009.

In San Francisco's Marina district, a crowd gathered to watch the super blue blood moon, as NASA calls it, set over the Golden Gate Bridge. His team is taking special precautions to keep the spacecraft warm during the eclipse. (AFP) Full moon rises beside the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. But it becomes a true rarity when combined with a supermoon and blue moon.

Blood moon seen from Merville Paranaque pictured at 8:53 pm. Super moon as seen in the skies of Maharashtra, near Nagpur.

Blue moon is seen at the Mayon Volcano crater in Ligao, Albay Province on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

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