Star gazers have been treated to a stunning lunar display as the Earth cast its shadow over the familiar orb gradually producing a reddish glow.
The rare celestial event was caused by the combination of a lunar eclipse with a so-called “supermoon” – that’s what the moon is called when it is in the closest part of its orbit to Earth, meaning it appears larger in the sky.
Clear skies permitting , the event was visible from North and South America, Europe, Africa and pats of West Asia and the eastern Pacific.
The eclipse made the Moon appear red giving rise to the description “blood moon”.
The colouring is caused by Earth’s atmosphere scattering sunlight into the shadow.
The last time it happened was in 1982 and it won’t happen again until 2033.