In case you missed it: 'Super Blue Blood Moon' in pictures

Australians who look to the sky on Wednesday night will witness a blood blue and supermoon eclipse

A historic Super Blue Blood Moon adorned the skies on January 31, melding together three celestial phenomena into one unforgettable sight.

Aroha Wakefield in Rotorua was able to catch the moon unobstructed as it rose over the horizon.

A super blood blue moon is seen during an eclipse behind an elephant statue at a temple in Bangkok, Thailand, on January 31, 2018.

Super Blue Blood Moon is seen in Brgy Langgam in San Pedro Laguna last wednesday night.

"So the Moon might appear a bit bigger and brighter than usual".

It is the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse.

Ahead of the eclipse, NASA program executive Gordon Johnston said: "For the continental United States, the viewing will be best in the West".

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"The moon orbits the earth, in an ellipse, so sometimes the moon is close to the earth than other times and we call that the Perigee, and that's going to happen through Wednesday night". Whereas a supermoon watches the moon is the closest to the earth and coincides with a full moon. "It's just loading up the plate with all the wonderful things the moon can show us".

The eclipse, according to Nasa, will be "extra special" for those in the U.S. and other parts of the world such as the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, where the Blue Moon will coincide with a total lunar eclipse. However, it won't be a blue moon - those only happen once.in a blue moon.

During the total phase of a lunar eclipse, the moon appears red in colour, he pointed out.

NASA trained its telescopes and instruments on its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on the Moon to measure the effect of the temperature drop during the one-hour-16-minute eclipse. Because it was the second full moon during the month of January, the moon was a "blue moon".

However as the total eclipse started at 6.21 pm, it could be seen by everybody from rooftops, street corners, highrise buildings and open field, Director (Research & Academics) M P Birla Planetarium, Debiprasad Duari told PTI here.

"This moon was last time seen in 1,866", he added.

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