ICYMI: Rare super blue blood moon mesmerises

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The rare super blue blood moon, seen in North America, Hawaii, the Middle East, Russia, India, and Australia, was the result of the Sun, Earth, and Moon lining up perfectly for a lunar eclipse just as the Moon is near its closest orbit point to Earth, making it appear "super" large.

It is the second full Moon within the same month, a phenomenon called a "blue" Moon which has nothing to do with its colour.

The "blood" in the name comes from the reddish brown colour the Moon takes on when Earth enters between it and the Sun, cutting off the light rays that usually brighten the lunar surface.


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