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'Super blue blood moon': What it means and where to watch it

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'Super blue blood moon': What it means and where to watch it

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People in three continents will be able to witness a rare celestial event as the supermoon, blue moon, and blood moon all coincide with one another. 

Here’s why you should watch today’s ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’

Supermoon

It’s the third in a series of “supermoons” — when the Moon is at its closest approach to Earth in its orbit and 14% brighter than usual.

Blue Moon

It’s the second blue moon — full moon of the month.

A blood moon

While the moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take a reddish tint, known as "blood moon".

The three phenomena haven’t coincided in more than 150 years, according to American weather service AccuWeather.

Where is best to watch the "super blue blood moon":

North America

If you live in the US, the best viewing will be on the west coast before sunrise.

“Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish,” said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

“Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the Eastern time zone. The eclipse begins at 5:51 AM ET, as the Moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east.”

Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia, New Zealand

The "Super blue blood moon" can be seen during moonrise in the evening of the 31st.

NASA

You can watch the live stream of the super blue blood moon here:

Social media reactions

People took to social media to share photos of the moon, and their reactions to it. Here are some of the best: