Stunning images of the ‘super blue blood moon’ from around the world

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Super blue blood moon

On Wednesday, 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: a full moon at the point in its orbit closest to Earth, the second full moon of a calendar month, and a total lunar eclipse.

A total lunar eclipse is known as a blood moon because the Earth’s shadow gives the moon a reddish hue. The second full moon in a calendar month is referred to as a blue moon. And a supermoon is another name for the full moon at the point in its orbit closest to Earth.

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.

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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 British and Chinese flags. (British Prime Minister Theresa May is visiting China.)

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