The rare total lunar eclipse took place yesterday on January 31, which showed three lunar phenomena – a supermoon, a blue moon and a blood moon – rise in conjunction to create a special celestial event not seen for more than 100 years.
The combination of the three moons created the spectacle of an enormous, rust-red moon seen from Australia, Asia, North America, Alaska and Hawaii.
Unfortunately for moon watchers in the UK however, the reddish blood colour was not visible from the British Isles so it appeared an ordinary colour – although the large increase in size was clearly recognisable.
Scroll below to see how to watch the 2018 NASA total lunar eclipse live stream again.
How to watch the NASA total lunar eclipse live stream
Slooh, an astronomy broadcasting service, launched a live stream from 5.45am EST (10.45am GMT).
Live commentary from Slooh’s experts Paul Cox, Helen Avery, Paige Godfrey and Bob Berman began at 7am EST (12pm GMT).
Slooh live streamed the rare Blood Moon for the total five hours and 17 minutes of the eclipse and featured webcam footage from partners in Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Following the end of the total lunar eclipse yesterday, Slooh also release a video of the whole five-hour live stream – so anyone who missed the spectacular event can watch the whole eclipse again.
Did NASA live stream the Blue Moon eclipse yesterday?
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) broadcast live images of the Super Blue Blood Moon 2018 phenomena, on NASA TV, live throughout Wednesday, January 31.
Viewers across the globe followed the live webcast on @NASAMoon, NASA’s official lunar Twitter account.
And moon-gazers were able to witness the Super Blue Blood Moon orbit closely to the Earth more than usual, making the moon seem up to 14 percent larger in the sky.
The entire passage was expected to take more than four hours, with viewers checking in from as early as 5.30am EST (10.30am GMT) before the penumbral eclipse began and featured shots from different viewing points in western America.
NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and the University of Arizona’s Mt.Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory were the chosen locations to stream the super blue blood moon.
The lunar eclipse reached totality at 7.52am EST (12.52pm GMT) and lasted for one hour and 16 minutes.
What causes a total Super Blue Blood Moon?
The full spectacle was a rare occurence which combined three different elements to create one incredible event.
First, it was a Blue Moon: the name given to the second full moon in a calendar month.
The Supermoon element, which means the moon appears much larger and brighter than usual, was a result of the moon moving closer to the Earth than normal.
Finally the reddish blood colour of the moon, visible in many places around the world, was caused by a total lunar eclipse as it passes through the Earth’s shadow and takes on a red glow.
Pictures show the Mayon Volcano in the Philippines spilling lava with the Super Blue Blood Moon illuminating the mountain’s spewing dark ash cloud.
The next 2018 total lunar eclipse will appear on July 27-28.
Much of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, south in North America, South America, the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean and Antarctica will experience the spectacle.