Last night for the first time in 150 years, a blue moon, a super moon and a blood-red lunar eclipse occurred at the same time.
Melbourne delivered a perfect, cloudless night for the lunar trifecta, and if you were awake and peering at the sky between about 10pm and 12am, you would have seen an unusually and extraordinarily bright moon, which, after an eclipse, became orange-red in colour.
The blood-red hue occurs when light is bent through the atmosphere of the Earth and scattered onto the moon’s surface – a reflection of all the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets combined.
Melburnians snapped some spectacular shots of the once-in-a-lifetime event.
Super proud of my shots of the #SuperBlueBloodMoon ! First time shooting astro/night photog went well! S/O to #MotherNature for being spectacular @visitvictoria @Melbourne @NatGeo pic.twitter.com/Rr4MfGhDoh— Annabel Owen (@_annabelclaire_) January 31, 2018
Australia also shared the experience with China, Japan, Korea and the eastern side of Russia.