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01/31/2018 01:04 pm ET

Breathtaking Photos Show The 'Super Blue Blood Moon' Around The World

This is what happens when there's a "supermoon," a "blue moon" and a total lunar eclipse all at once.
Anton Vaganov / Reuters

A rare “super blue blood moon” had space enthusiasts across the world in awe Wednesday. 

People living in certain parts of the Western Hemisphere were able to catch a glimpse of an unusually large, glowing red moon Wednesday morning that NASA scientists have dubbed a “lunar trifecta.”

The celestial phenomenon occurs when there’s a full moon for the second time in a month, known as a “blue moon,” that is also at its closet point in orbit to Earth, known as a “supermoon.” To top it off, it all happens during a total lunar eclipse, which gives the moon a reddish glow as it passes through the Earth’s shadow.

The results were stunning for some viewers, especially those closest to the eclipse’s path of totality, which included the western part of North America, Australia and parts of Asia, according to Space.com.

  • Bangkok
    The "super blood blue moon" is seen from Bangkok's cityscape. 
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    The "super blood blue moon" is seen from Bangkok's cityscape. 
  • Beijing
    The moon is seen between British and Chinese flags raised at Tiananmen Square in Beijing as British Prime Minister Theresa Ma
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    The moon is seen between British and Chinese flags raised at Tiananmen Square in Beijing as British Prime Minister Theresa May visited China's capital on Jan. 31, 2018.
  • Hong Kong
    The moon shown behind an office building in Hong Kong.
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    The moon shown behind an office building in Hong Kong.
  • Brooklyn, New York
    The moon sets behind the Staten Island Ferry, seen from Brooklyn.
    Eduardo Munoz / Reuters
    The moon sets behind the Staten Island Ferry, seen from Brooklyn.
  • Singapore
    A cable car gondola moves past the moon in Singapore.
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    A cable car gondola moves past the moon in Singapore.
  • The moon rises over an apartment block.
    Tim Chong / Reuters
    The moon rises over an apartment block.
  • California
    The moon is shown over the ocean in Oceanside, California.
    Mike Blake / Reuters
    The moon is shown over the ocean in Oceanside, California.
  • The moon rises over Balboa Park's California Tower in San Diego.
    Mike Blake / Reuters
    The moon rises over Balboa Park's California Tower in San Diego.
  • A person poses for a photo as the moon rises over Griffith Park in Los Angeles. 
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    A person poses for a photo as the moon rises over Griffith Park in Los Angeles. 
  • A plane flies passing the moon over Los Angeles. 
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    A plane flies passing the moon over Los Angeles. 
  • The moon rises over the Mojave Desert.
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    The moon rises over the Mojave Desert.
  • St. Petersburg, Russia
    The moon is seen behind the under business tower Lakhta Center, which is under construction.
    Anton Vaganov / Reuters
    The moon is seen behind the under business tower Lakhta Center, which is under construction.
  • Jakarta
    BAY ISMOYO via Getty Images
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