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Lunar eclipse 2018: Stargazers witness rare ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’

The last “super blue blood moon” occurred on 30 December 1982, when it was seen in Europe, Africa and western Asia.

Stargazers across world were able to feast their eyes on a total lunar eclipse which coincided with the phenomena of a super moon and a blue moon. According to NASA its a trifecta that is occurring after many years. Along with people in the United States, Hawaii and Alaska, Indians too are witnessing what is being called the ‘super blue blood moon’. In Pictures: Super moon blood moon as seen from India gate in New Delhi. Express Photo by Praveen Khanna

A blue moon means it is the second full moon to occur in a month; a supermoon means a full moon which is closest to the Earth. It is the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit — known as perigee — and appears about 14 per cent brighter than usual. People are seen clicking pictures of this rare view of moon in India. Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran A blue moon means it is the second full moon to occur in a month; a supermoon means a full moon which is closest to the Earth. It is the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit — known as perigee — and appears about 14 per cent brighter than usual. People are seen clicking pictures of this rare view of moon in India. Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran

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. Express photo by Partha Paul

Lunar eclipse 2018: Super Blue Blood Moon was seen in the skies of several Indian cities including Delhi, Jaipur, Bhopal, Varanasi and Kolkata. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

A view of the glorious red moon as seen from Kolkata on January 31, 2018. Express photo by Partha Paul

A total lunar eclipse as seen in Legazpi city, Albay province around 200 miles (340 kilometers) southeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Source: AP Photo

Hong Kong stargazer uses telescope to observe the moon along the Victoria Habour in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. The moon is putting on a rare cosmic show. It's the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse. Source: AP Photo

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The Statue of Liberty is backdropped by a supermoon, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, seen from the Brooklyn borough of New York. The supermoon, which is the final of three consecutive supermoons, also experience lunar eclipse as it set over the horizon, but only a partial eclipse was visible in the East Coast. Source: AP Photo

A lunar eclipse is seen in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. On Wednesday, much of the world will get to see not only a blue moon and a supermoon, but also a total lunar eclipse, all rolled into one. There hasn't been a triple lineup like this since 1982 and the next won't occur until 2037. Source: AP Photo

A rare occurrence called a 'Super Blue Blood Moon' is seen behind the flags of U.S. and California State at Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. The U.S. East Coast, Europe and most of South America and Africa are out of luck for the eclipse. Source: AP Photo

The eclipsing blood moon appears above the statue of Kansa Warrior Ad Astra atop the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Source: AP Photo)

An airplane passes the full moon on its final approach before landing in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Source: AP Photo