15+ Awe-Inspiring Shots of the Super Blue Blood Moon Taken From Around the World

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If you were an early riser on January 31, you were visually rewarded for waking up in the dark. The rare super blue blood moon was visible to over half the globe, especially for those who reside on the West Coast of the U.S., Australia, Northern Russia, Eastern Asia, and the Middle East. It marked something that has never been witnessed by any person living today; the last time this celestial event occurred was 150 years ago.

So, what is a super blue blood moon, anyway? It’s the culmination of a few astronomical phenomena. One is a supermoon, which is when the moon is at its closest point to Earth and appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the average full moon. Another event is a blue moon, also known as the second full moon of the month, and the third is a blood moon—aka a total lunar eclipse. Together, this produced a moon that was a bright red orb floating in a dark, limitless void.

For those that couldn’t drag themselves out of bed—or weren’t in the optimal viewing areas—you won’t have to wait 150 years to see it again. The next super blue blood moon will be on Jan. 31, 2037. In the meantime, check out a selection of awe-inspiring astrophotography from people around the world who have documented the visual event.

On January 31, a rare super blue blood moon was visible to over half the globe.

The event is a culmination of a supermoon, blue moon, and lunar eclipse.

If you missed it, the super blue blood moon will be back on Jan. 31, 2037. In the meantime, check out this gorgeous astrophotography.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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