A perfect trifecta of lunar events unfolded in the early hours of Wednesday morning, dazzling early risers with a cosmic show that hasn’t graced the sky in over a century.
The celestial triple threat, which has earned the moniker “Super Blue Blood Moon,” boasted a combined Blue moon, a total lunar eclipse and a super moon. It’s the first time such an event has been visible in North America since March 1866, according to space.com.
The major moon experience marks the first Blue moon — or second full moon of the month — since 1982 and the first lunar eclipse to occur since 2015.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, casting Earth’s shadow on the moon. The occurrence gives the moon a reddish tint, which is why it’s often referred to as a “blood moon.”
To round out the trio of lunar events, the moon will also be at its closest point of orbit to the earth, making it a “super moon.”
The Super Blue Blood Moon was expected to begin around 3:20 a.m. PT and last about 3.5 hours.
Those on the West Coast, particularly in Hawaii and Alaska had the best seats for the rare event. Those in the Canadian Yukon, Australia, Asia and Russia could also catch a glance of the lunar trifecta.
Most of the East Coast, Europe, South America and Africa however, were not able to spot the cosmic show. Not to worry though, there's plenty of time to make travel plans for the next Super Blood Blue Moon.
The next time the combination is slated to occur is 2037.