In certain parts of the world last night you may have had the opportunity to see the rare super blood moon during a lunar eclipse.
The blood-red-super-moon-lunar-eclipse is a result of the moon being at its closest point of its orbit to the Earth. It won’t reach this position again until 2033. It gets 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual.
The dark red effect is caused because the Earth is fully in the way of the light between the sun and the moon. NASA also reckons “it’s caused by particles in our atmosphere; when there have been a lot of fires and/or volcanic eruptions, lunar eclipses will appear darker and redder.”
Hope you managed to have a cheeky look with the naked eye! If not, no worries, here are some shit hot photos.
Above: A view of the blood moon in Las Vegas (Reuters).
Above: A coastguard helicopter flies in front of the historic moon near Dorset (Richard Austin).
Above: Rising over St Mary’s Lighthouse Whitley Bay, North Tyneside (North News & Pictures).
Above: An astronomer is silhouetted in front of the super moon in Brighton (Jordan Mansfield/Getty).
Above: Rising behind Glastonbury Tor (Matt Cardy/Getty).
Above: Chilling out over London’s skyline (Jeremy O’Donnell).
Above: Looking massive over Brighton (Reuters/Toby Melville).
Twitter has also been going ballistic with plenty of people sharing their view of the blood moon.
— Epic Cosmos (@EpicCosmos) September 28, 2015
— Joe Reimer (@joereimer) September 28, 2015
— Matt Pace (@MattPaceWeather) September 28, 2015
— Kim Neal (@KimNealBoston) September 27, 2015
— inge (@ingeynwa) September 27, 2015
— Russ McNally (@RussMcNally) September 27, 2015
— ☹ (@wxvves) September 28, 2015
— Chelsie Angeles (@ChelsieAngeles) September 28, 2015
Meanwhile in Australia we got sweet fuck all in broad daylight. No celestial show for us. We are just sittin’ around in the sun as usual.
Fuck yes super blood moon!