Tonight marks a very special occasion in our astronomical history.

To recap, we had a

  • Supermoon (full moon that is nearer to Earth),
  • Blue moon (second full moon in a month)
  • and a Lunar eclipse (Earth is directly between the sun and the moon, and so the moon falls into Earth’s shadow)

all occurring at the same time on Wednesday (Jan. 31) evening — and it was visible right here in Singapore.

The last time this occurred was 152 years ago. 

While the moon wasn’t blue in colour, it appeared reddish because light from the sun is filtered through the Earth’s atmosphere.

Only red light makes it to the moon and bounces back to our eyes.

Supermoon + Blue moon + Lunar eclipse on Jan. 31 2018 visible in S’pore

As with other celestial occurrences, some of us ended up having problems proving we had witnessed the event:

Photo via Jokideo

But not all of us had potato cameras, thankfully. So here’s what others managed to capture with proper equipment:

Photo by Esther Tay

Photo by Tan Guan Zhen

Blood Moon . . . #moon #fullmoon #eclipse #bloodmoon #photography #supermoon

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I tried. #fujifilm #fujifail #bloodmoon #amiwolfyet #xs1

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This was of it ending:

Photo by Tan Guan Zhen


And now you can tell people you’ve seen it.

Top image by Esther Tay