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Feb 01, 2018

Super blood moon dazzles earth (Pics)

A rare lunar event being called the "super blue blood Moon" has dazzled skywatchers around the world.

It happens when a total lunar eclipse, a blood Moon and a supermoon coincide.

A blue moon occurs when a full moon happens twice in one month, and a supermoon occurs when the Moon is closest to the Earth.

This red glow is produced by the same effect that gives us red sunsets. Sunlight is skimming through the Earth's atmosphere on its way to the Moon and it gets refracted or bent. The blue light is then filtered out, leaving the red light visible.

The rarity of the Instagram-worthy sight meant many people all over the world would wait for hours to catch a glimpse of the unique lunar eclipse.

There won’t be another “super blue blood moon” until 2037.

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The moon sets behind the city of Jerusalem early on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photograph: Menahem Kahana—AFP/Getty Images)

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A red supermoon rises over hills in the city of Vladivostok in Russia's Far East on January 31, 2018. (Photograph: Yuri Smityuk—Yuri Smityuk/TASS)

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People take photos of the Super moon in Lancelin, Australia, on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photograph: Paul Kane—Getty Images)

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A Super Moon rises through the clouds past the Olympic Rings ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on January 31, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photograph: Richard Heathcote—Getty Images)

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The moon creates a silhouette of a cross on the fence of a church in Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
(Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA)

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The moon rises over the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey (Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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The moon peeps over the top of a mountain range in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway (Photograph: Heiko Junge/EPA)

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The moon rises above the London Skyline (Photograph : AP)

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On the rise, the moon is photographed moving behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar
(Photograph: Aung Shine Oo/AP)

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The moon sets over Mount Susitna, known locally as Sleeping Lady, across Cook Inlet in Anchorage, Alaska
Photograph: Dan Joling/AP

 

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