Skip to navigationSkip to content

Photos: The rare lunar event that won’t be seen again until 2037

AP Photo/Richard Vogel
Shadowy scene.
By Johnny Simon
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

The ultra-rare lunar event known as a super blue blood moon took shape over a large swath of the globe today (Jan. 31), its path of totality covering the western US and parts of Asia. The phenomenon is actually three events happening at once, a blue moon (the second full moon in a month), a supermoon (in which the moon is closer to the Earth than normal) and a lunar eclipse. The convergence of these three events isn’t expected to happen for another 19 years, in 2037.

Here’s how it looked, in its various phases, around the world:

Reuters/Eduardo Munoz
The “Super Blue Blood Moon” over the Staten Island Ferry, seen from Brooklyn, New York.
AP Photo/Richard Vogel
Above the Hollywood hills in Los Angeles.
AP Photo/Ariel Schalit
As seen over the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Hadera, Israel.
Reuters/Pablo Sanhueza
The full moon viewed over Los Andes mountain range in Santiago, Chile.
AP Photo/Wong Maye-E
The lunar eclipse is seen above the observation wheel of the Singapore Flyer ride in Singapore.
Reuters/Bobby Yip
The moon during the eclipse, in the sky behind an office building in Hong Kong.
AP Photo/Thein Zaq
The moon rises behind the landmark Shwedagon pagoda, in Yangon, Myanmar.
Reuters/Natalie Thomas
The moon rises over Central Business District in Beijing, China.
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin
The moon passes into the earth’s shadow during thealunar eclipse, as seen from Phoenix, Arizona.
Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon
The lunar eclipse, as seen over a street light in Tokyo, Japan.
(AP Photo/Kin Cheung
The moon passes into the Earth’s shadow during the eclipse, seen as a plane passes over Hong Kong.

📬 Kick off each morning with coffee and the Daily Brief (BYO coffee).

By providing your email, you agree to the Quartz Privacy Policy.