Stunning pictures show the super blood moon over Australia on Wednesday night, with photographers capturing the rare lunar occurrence.
It was similar to the pink super moon in April, although deep red in appearance.
The event featured both a super moon – when a full moon reaches the closest point to Earth in its orbit – and a blood moon, which is caused by a total lunar eclipse.
A lunar eclipse takes place when the moon moves into earth’s shadow. Earth has to be directly between the sun and the moon, and a lunar eclipse can only take place during a full moon.
The super blood moon rose over the country just before 8pm and dazzled stargazers for three hours.
However, the total eclipse phase only lasted about 14 minutes.
Australians had the chance to see the most spectacular parts of the super blood moon, including surfers at Manly Beach who rode the waves beneath it.
A surfer rides a wave as a super blood moon rises above the horizon at Manly Beach on Wednesday. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Surfers wait for a wave as the super blood moon rises above the horizon at Manly Beach. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
NCA NewsWire’s Dan Peled captured some incredible pictures from Mount Coot-tha in Brisbane that formed a composite image showing the stages of the eclipse.
A composite image showing the progression of a total lunar eclipse from pictures taken in Brisbane. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan PeledSource:News Corp Australia
In Canberra, incredible pictures show the super blood moon rising over parliament before settling into the night sky.
The super moon opposite parliament in Canberra. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary RamageSource:News Corp Australia
The super moon rose over the nation’s capital. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary RamageSource:News Corp Australia
The glowing moon was also photographed rising over The Sydney Opera House in Sydney.
The Moon rises over the Opera House in Sydney on May 26, 2021, ahead of a total lunar eclipse as stargazers across the Pacific are casting their eyes skyward to witness a rare "Super Blood Moon". Picture: Saeed Khan / AFPSource:AFP
The Moon rises over the Opera House in Sydney on May 26, 2021, ahead of a total lunar eclipse as stargazers across the Pacific are casting their eyes skyward to witness a rare "Super Blood Moon". Picture: Saeed Khan/AFPSource:AFP
However, Perth was gifted the best view of the super blood moon, according to astronomer Andrew Jacob.
“If you were looking for a photographic moment or best experience of a moonrise, then perhaps Perth (got) the best of it,” Dr Jacob said.
The moon in Perth appeared larger due to the moon illusion, which alters perspective of its size when it's close to the horizon.
Its red colour was enhanced by dust in the atmosphere.
Here’s a look at some of the best photos posted to social media of Wednesday night’s event:
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