Stunning images of the Super Flower Blood Moon has left people around the world gasping.
A super blood moon is a combination of a total lunar eclipse and a brighter-than-usual supermoon.
The biggest draw of this celestial event is that a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse are occurring simultaneously. In the past 10 years, there have been just 10 total lunar eclipses.
The next total lunar eclipse will occur about a year from now. But a near-total eclipse will come on the night of November 18 to 19, says Diana Hannikainen, observing editor at Sky & Telescope.
Full moon rises in the sky, in New Delhi. Super Blood Moon, the first total lunar eclipse of 2021 that occurred Wednesday, was visible in East Asia, Australia Pacific and America, but not in India. Photograph: Kamal Kishore/PTI Photo
A surfer rides a wave as a super blood moon rises above the horizon at Manly Beach on May in Sydney, Australia. It is the first total lunar eclipse in more than two years, which coincides with a supermoon. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
The super moon shines behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Pilar Olivares/Reuters
A supermoon, the biggest and brightest full moon of the year, shines next to a building displaying a a banner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters
A Super Flower Moon rises behind the Sydney Opera House on the night of a lunar eclipse, in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Loren Elliott/Reuters