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.
As with other celestial occurrences, some of us ended up having problems proving we had witnessed the event:
My super blue moon eclipse experience 2018 pic.twitter.com/rsDc92cj9z
— Fira (@firasweg) January 31, 2018
Straits Times: RARE MOON TONIGHT YALL.
Singapore weather: pic.twitter.com/vW3Yyl9esY
— Audi Khalid (@AudiKhalid) January 31, 2018
— Preeti Nair (@plspreeti) January 31, 2018
But not all of us had potato cameras, thankfully. So here’s what others managed to capture with proper equipment:
tonight’s moon pic.twitter.com/17cY2Nj3Uu
— dionne (@hueiwens) January 31, 2018
— TK Ramanathan (@tkramanathan) January 31, 2018
— Gyro (@Gyrowoof) January 31, 2018
Rushed home to catch some balls. . . . . #blood #bloodmoon #bloodmooneclipse #bloodmoon2018 #moon #xt20 #nightsky #ig_nightphotography #astrophotography #universetoday #nightscape #fs_longexpo #longexpoelite #rsa_night #starrynight #milkywaygalaxy #stargazing #skymasters #longexposure_shots #singaporean #sgvsco #gf_singapore #sglife #fujifeed #myfujifilm #fujixclub #focalmarked
i took pictures of my wife, the moon, in all of her superbloodmooneclipse etherealness pic.twitter.com/DYz5rUQL8H
— Tasha ★ (@tinymudkip) January 31, 2018
— James Moore (@jdpmoore) January 31, 2018
Telescope view of the SUPER BLUE BLOOD MOON
Credits to my cuz pic.twitter.com/HM6UfVwtRk
— IFFAH NUR SARAH (@CrAzZySkIttLE) January 31, 2018
— QURO (@QUROshop) January 31, 2018
This was of it ending:
And now you can tell people you’ve seen it.
Top image by Esther Tay