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The super blue blood moon was the product of three different phenomena, each on their own exciting but joined together make an event that was last seen 152 years ago.

The supermoon actually began on Tuesday but peaked on the night of Wednesday, January 31, where it appeared larger and brighter in the sky.

Stargazers in Australia, New Zealand, central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, Alaska, Hawaii and parts of North America were treated to a super blue blood moon.

But in the UK we experienced only a super blue moon, as we were unable to see the red hue due to the lunar eclipse occurring in daylight hours.

Even so, the supermoon presented a glorious nighttime scene in the UK.

How long will the supermoon last in the UK and USA?

The supermoon actually began on the night of Tuesday January 30 when it reached the closest point to Earth in its orbit. 

It started on January 30 at 4.58am EST (9.58am GMT) when the moon reached a distance of 223,068 miles (358,994 km) from Earth, compared to an average distance of 238,855 (384,400 km), according to NASA.

However, the supermoon peaked on the night of January 31, when it became a supermoon and appeared 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter in the night sky. 

According to Dr Gregory Brown, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the moon will remain high in the sky until around 8am on Thursday, February 1, shortly after the time of the moonset. 


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He said: “It will be high in the sky from about 7pm [Wednesday] and will be at its highest and thus best time, at around 00:40.

“This coming full moon is unusual in that it is the second full month of the month when typically there is only one full moon per calendar month.

“Also, the full moon will be slightly larger than normal given that this is also a supermoon, so astrophotography will be more spectacular than normal.”  

The full eclipse ended at 4.08pm GMT on Wednesday, January 31 when the moon left the Earth’s penumbra (outer shadow).

In the US viewers were fortunate enough to witness the super blue blood moon, as a lunar eclipse was visible in the western hemisphere.

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Eclipse 2018: The super blue blood as seen from China

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But those on the west coast had a better view and longer view of the red-tinted moon, as it appeared earlier in the night sky and they were able to see most or all of the lunar eclipse phase before dawn.

The supermoon remained in the sky until moonset at the following times in the US (all local times):

  • Washington DC-7.15am EST
  • New York-7.06am EST
  • Chicago-7.06am CST
  • Kansas City-7.28am CST
  • Denver-7.12am MST
  • Phoenix-7.29am MST
  • Los Angeles-6.57am PST
  • Seattle-7.44am PST 

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Eclipse 2018: A super moon appears larger and brighter in the sky

When is the next supermoon?

Following the spectacular sight of the rare super blue blood moon on January 31, the next supermoon may not look as stunning in the sky.

A supermoon is fairly uncommon sight, occurring every 14 lunar months or full moons, so it is a lunar event to look forward to.

The next supermoons will fall in 2019, on January 21, February 19 and March 21.

The January 31 supermoon was the final in a so-called ‘supermoon trilogy’, the first one occurring in early December and the second falling on New Year’s Day. 

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Eclipse 2018: North America was the best place to view the super blue blood moon

In 2018, there will be a series of new moon supermoons, but these will be invisible to the eye, as new moons are generally obscured by the light of the sun.

These new moon supermoons will occur on June 13, July 13 and August 11 2018.

Last year we experienced four supermoons, although three of these were new moons falling on April 26, May 25 and June 24.

The fourth supermoon of 2017 appeared on December 3 and was a full moon supermoon and therefore visible. It was the first of three full moon supermoons in a row, culminating in the event on January 31. 

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