For the first time in over 150 years, people around the world caught a glimpse of a “super blue blood moon.”
The term refers to three lunar events that happened at once. On Wednesday, there was a total lunar eclipse (also known as a blood moon due to the reddish hue of the Earth’s shadow), which happened during the second full moon of a calendar month (a phenomenon referred to as a blue moon). These two events occurred as the full moon was at the point in its orbit closest to Earth, which makes it appear slightly larger. That’s a blood moon, a blue moon, and a supermoon all at the same time.
Moon gazers came out in droves around the world to watch the event, and many of their pictures are breathtaking.
Here’s how the moon looked from Hong Kong to San Diego:
Astronomy enthusiasts around the world — including this group at the Beijing Planetarium — gathered with telescopes in anticipation of the lunar event.
In Beijing, the full lunar eclipse was visible at night, after moonrise.
In Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, the full moon could be seen between waving British and Chinese flags — British Prime Minister Theresa May is currently visiting China.