The January 31 sighting of a 'Blue Moon' and a total lunar eclipse occurred in India for the first time after 1982. While the Moon was in the Earth's shadow, it took on a reddish tint known as a 'blood Moon'. All pictures/Ashish Raje
During the eclipse, the Moon was just a day past perigee which is the closest point to Earth in its orbit -- making it appear very large and bright (about 14 per cent) -- and so a 'Supermoon'. Lastly, it is also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a "blue moon". The last full Moon of the month was on January 2
A total lunar eclipse took place alongside a blue moon and a supermoon that made skywatchers excited for the epic moment. The phenomenon began in India around 4:21 pm and lasted until 8:42 pm
It was the first time in 35 years that a blue moon synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse
NASA offered a free live feed of the 'lunar trifecta' on NASA TV
Not just a visual treat, but the celestial spectacle was an opportunity for astronomers to study Earth's natural satellite, the Moon
This lunar eclipse is special because a Supermoon (when Moon appears larger than usual when its closest to Earth), blue Moon (second full Moon of each month) and blood Moon (Moon appears red during eclipse) will all coincide at once
In Asia, the last Blue Moon and a total lunar eclipse happened 35 years ago on December 30, 1982. Meanwhile, for Americans, this phenomenon is happening after 152 years and the last time it happened was in 1866.