Lunar photos: 1st super blue blood moon in 35 years

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Aroha Wakefield in Rotorua was able to catch the moon unobstructed as it rose over the horizon.

The next "Super Blue Blood Moon" will take place not over 100 years from now, but rather january 31, 2037, according to a tweet by NASA Moon.

Many organizations across the country stepped in to enhance the show which was also visible to the naked eye. A super moon is about 14 percent brighter than usual, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said.

It is the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse.

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"The moon is one of the most wonderful objects in our solar system", Petro said.

AP Photo/Ariel Schalit The moon sets behind clouds in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Hadera, Israel, early Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.

The moon appears larger on the horizon during a supermoon, because it is closer to Earth, Taylor said.

A total lunar eclipse - considered the most scientific of Wednesday's threesome - occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon.

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Astronomers say that the conditions which governed tonight's appearance of the moon are incredibly rare.

The moon was also visible in Asia and the Middle East, where photographers grabbed the opportunity to take stunning new images of landmarks. Because it was the second full moon during the month of January, the moon was a "blue moon".

It is the second supermoon of the month after the year's first full moon, called the Wolf of Moon, on January 2. "Other people know about this and want to come see it, '" said Sam Rubaye, a 34-year-old property manager in Los Angeles who came up with friends.

An nearly full moon is seen through the clouds over Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Back then, some people believed they had to frighten away a mysterious creature swallowing the moon. But it becomes a true rarity when combined with a supermoon and blue moon.

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As Sky and Telescope reports, the next eclipse comes on February 15.

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