Dramatic photos from around the world show the ‘super blood moon’ large and red in the sky

blood moon auckland
A total lunar eclipse seen in Auckland, New Zealand on May 26.

A “super blood moon” appeared in the sky early on Wednesday, but only certain parts of the world caught a glimpse.

Thanks to a total lunar eclipse, the moon took on a reddish hue around 7:14 a.m. ET in parts of North America, South America, Asia, and Oceania.

The event coincided with a supermoon – a full moon that happens when the moon is at the closest point in its orbit to Earth. Hence the nickname “super blood moon.” Wednesday’s moon is also referred to as the “Flower Moon” because it appeared in May.

Here’s what the lunar eclipse looked like around the world.

Australia and New Zealand, had some of the world’s best views of the total lunar eclipse, which was visible for about 15 minutes (from 9:11 to 9:26 p.m. in Australia, or 7:11 to 7:26 a.m. ET).

blood moon australia
People watch the “Super Blood Moon” rise over the Pacific Ocean at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia on May 26.

Countries in the Asian Pacific Rim, including China and Indonesia, saw the eclipse just after moonrise.

blood moon hong kong
The moon above Hong Kong on May 26.

Alaska and Hawaii had the best vantage points in the US, but most western states also had a decent view. Some people east of the Mississippi saw a partial lunar eclipse.

blood moon california
The moon as seen over Santa Monica, California, on May 26.

Supermoons, which happen a few times a year at most, are the biggest and brightest full moons of the year: about 7% bigger and 15% brighter, on average, than a typical full moon.

blood moon surfer
A surfer is seen as the “Super Blood Moon” rises over the Pacific Ocean at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia on May 26.

The moon reached its perigee – the closest point in its orbit to Earth – on Tuesday at 9:21 p.m. ET. At that point, it was around 222,000 miles from Earth. Usually, it’s 240,000 miles away, on average.

blood moon indonesia
The total lunar eclipse as seen in Sumedang, Indonesia on May 26.

Wednesday’s full moon was the second supermoon of 2021 – the first was in April – and also this year’s last.

brazil blood moon
A lunar eclipse is observed during dawn in Brasilia, Brazil on May 26.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and sun are on opposite sides of the Earth, and the moon enters Earth’s shadow. The only light the moon gets is filtered through Earth’s atmosphere, which tends to scatter blue light. Hence the red hue.

blood moon stages
The full moon as it transitions from penumbral lunar eclipse phase (top row left to right) to maximum lunar eclipse phase (bottom row) in Sydney, Australia on May 26.

This was 2021’s only total lunar eclipse. The last one took place on January 21, 2019. The next will be on May 16, 2022.

blood moon stonehenge .JPG
The full moon seen behind Stonehenge in England on May 26.

Read the original article on Business Insider