With the cameras in their hands and heads held high, January 31 saw people throng to their rooftops to catch the rare celestial phenomenon dubbed as the Supermoon 2018.
The beautiful sight watched the convergence of three rare events coming together – supermoon, blue moon and total lunar eclipse – which happened for the first time in 150 years. The phenomenon is known as the Lunar Trilogy.
During a Lunar eclipse, the moon comes under the shadow of the earth. During this time, the moon, the sun and the Earth comes in one line – with the planet coming in the centre. A Blue Moon is termed as the second full moon of the month and takes places once in two-and-a-half years. Whereas a supermoon watches the moon is the closest to the earth and coincides with a full moon.
As seen by many, the moon on Jan 31 transformed from white to red and back to its original colour in the span of approximately three hours.
While the Eastern part of the Earth slept watching the Supermoon, most people in the West pulled an all-nighter to watch the moon go red. In India, the moon entered the penumbra about 4:22 pm IST. The moon turned completely red between 6:20 and 6:30 and it left the penumbra around 9:30 pm IST.
The rare sight served as an amazing Instagram moment and photographers did not hold back. Here are a few stunning captures from the celestial event taken from India, Russia, New York, San Diego, Singapore and more: