For the first time in more than 150 years stargazers around the world got the chance to see a spectacular Super Blue Blood Moon.
The Super Blue Blood Moon – three rare lunar conditions coming together at once to make an even rarer sight – was last seen in 1866.
Starting in Australia before appearing through much of Asia, North America, Alaska and Hawaii, it rose with a rusty red colour and dominated the sky through Wednesday night.
The full spectacle was a rare combination of three disparate elements.
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.
Unfortunately for moon watchers in the UK, however, this was not visible from the British isles so it appeared an ordinary colour.
The effects of the Blue Moon and Supermoon could be clearly seen however, with the satellite appearing 14% bigger and 30% brighter as it reached the closest point to Earth on Wednesday night.
Elsewhere in the world, crowds of hundreds gathered to watch the event.
Los Angeles’ Santa Monica Pier, the Griffith observatory on Mount Hollywood and, in China, the Beijing planetarium all hosted groups of stargazers.
Observatory director Ed Krupp said: “Griffith Observatory is all about having an eyeball to the sky, and so it’s one thing to learn about this event in a book, but it’s another to see it for yourself.”
Those who could not see the full phenomena at home also watched online, with more than 101 million tuning in to NASA’s livestream.