The moon passes into the earth's shadow during a lunar eclipse as seen in Beijing, China.
The first major celestial event of 2018 was a triple threat. On Wednesday morning, stargazers in some parts of the world were treated to what was dubbed a super blue blood moon.
The full moon made a particularly close approach to Earth in its orbit, making it appear larger than normal and earning the title of supermoon. It was also a blue moon because it was the second full moon to appear this month.
Finally, the event was topped off with a lunar eclipse, which occurs when Earth moves between the moon and the sun. When this happens, the moon can sometimes look red—like blood. Thus, you have a blood moon.
This is the first time this celestial three-for-one combo has been seen from Earth since December 1982. Depending on where you were in the world, you may have seen all or only part of the super-rare celestial alignment. (Check out five places that had good views of the super blue blood moon.)
Photos from Hong Kong and Indonesia were among the first to show the celestial trifecta. In the U.S., the total eclipse was visible in the early morning and only for certain parts of the West Coast. On the East Coast, sky-watchers got a chance to view a partial eclipse in the predawn skies.
While it won't be a blue moon, the next supermoon lunar eclipse will be visible from even more of North America in late January next year.