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20 Fenchurch Street

A full blue supermoon rises behind 20 Fenchurch Street, known as the Walkie-Talkie building, as it rises over central London. Two full moons in the same calendar month is also know as a blue moon. (Rex)
Blue moon over London, UK – 31 Jan 2018

Super blue blood moon: Rare celestial event stuns skygazers for first time since 1866

On Wednesday night a blue moon, super moon and blood moon all coincided for the first time since 1866.

The rare celestial event – dubbed the ‘super blue blood moon’ was visible from many parts of the world, but the most jaw-dropping views were in western North America, Asia, the Middle East, Russia and Australia.

However, due to the way the eclipse happens, those in Western Europe, most of Africa and Central and Southern America missed out on the event.

This was the third in a series of ‘supermoons’ which saw the moon appear 14 percent brighter and 30 per cent larger than usual.

Skygazers in the Eastern Hemisphere last saw a blue moon total lunar eclipse in 1982, but those in the West haven’t witnessed one for more than 150 years.

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Unlike a solar eclipse, this lunar eclipse can be safely viewed without protective eyewear. (Getty)