Once in a Māori blue moon?

Eclipse 2018 map

The "Super Blue Blood Moon", is a rare celestial triple treat.

Skywatchers gather at Beijing Planetarium to watch a "super blue blood moon" eclipse with telescopes on January 31.

But there have been chances to see the unusually bright moon, and during a brief break in the clouds, Cumbrian Newspapers photographer Stuart Walker photographed the moon, seen clearly as it rose above Carlisle, its lower edge obscured behind a thick bank of cloud.

"It is going to be a historic moment as it is a coincidence when blue moon, red moon and full lunar eclipse will take place at the same time and on the very same date", said PMD chief Dr Ghulam Rasul earlier while talking to The Express Tribune.

Robert Strong, the Director of Smart Center, said, "These things only happen when the moon is in the full stage".

Public Health Major, Jesse Perez (20), views the moon from a finder scope to take a picture with his smartphone on January 31st, 2018.

During a lunar eclipse, Earth passes between the moon and the sun, and the planet casts its shadow over its lunar satellite. This will not be visible from North America, but it will put on a show for much of the rest of the world.

A blue moon happens when there are two full moons in the same calendar month. The moon orbits around Earth in an elliptical pathway - when the moon reaches the closest part of its orbit, we have a supermoon.

Many of you in Australia and eastern Asia got to see this during Wednesday evening, New York Times reported.

"This moon was last time seen in 1,866", he added.

This was the first such triple-threat moon visible in the US since 1866, USA Today reports - but if you missed it, there are plenty more eclipses to catch this year, of both solar and lunar varieties.

Super moon rises on the Strand, Townsville. But it becomes a true rarity when combined with a supermoon and blue moon. For those looking ahead, the next supermoon is in February, the next blue moon is in March and the next total lunar eclipse is in July, according to NASA.

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