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IN PHOTOS: World gazes at Super Flower Blood Moon

IN PHOTOS: World gazes at Super Flower Blood Moon

A Super Flower Moon rises behind the Sydney Opera House on the night of a lunar eclipse, in Sydney, Australia, May 26, 2021.

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A pandemic-weary world enjoys 2021's grand celestial evening show

The year’s biggest full moon, known as the Super Flower Moon, rose in a clear evening sky over the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday, May 26, to the delight of amateur photographers positioned just across the water to capture the moment.

The moon was at the closest point to Earth in its orbit, making it appear about 7% larger and 15% brighter than normal.

The May full moon is known as the Flower Moon as it occurs when spring flowers are in bloom.

This Super Flower Moon will also feature the first total lunar eclipse in more than two years, during which the moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow. It will appear red, which is known as a blood moon, because light is scattered through the Earth’s atmosphere, much like during a sunset.

The eclipse was seen in Sydney when the moon was much higher in the sky.

The eclipse took place in the early morning hours in western North America, with people in Alaska and Hawaii poised to get the best views. It was also visible in southern Chile and Argentina.

Stargazers in all of Australia and in New Zealand and parts of Southeast Asia were able to see the eclipse on Wednesday evening.

Here’s how the rest of the pandemic-weary world gazed at the evening sky to enjoy the biggest celestial show of 2021.

The super moon shines behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
The full moon, known as the “Super Flower Moon”, is seen behind Stonehenge stone circle near Amesbury, Britain, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra
A Super Flower Moon rises through low clouds above the city of San Diego, California, U.S. May 25, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Blake
REUTERS/Mike Blake
A supermoon, the biggest and brightest full moon of the year, coincides with a total lunar eclipse making the Moon appear red over the skies of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Marco Garcia
The full moon, known as “Super Blood Moon”, rises during a lunar eclipse in Mexico City, Mexico May 26, 2021.
REUTERS/Henry Romero
Clouds surround a supermoon, the biggest and brightest full moon of the year, during a total lunar eclipse in the skies above La Jolla, California, U.S. May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Blake
A Super Flower Moon rises over the Makapuu lighthouse in east Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S., May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Marco Garcia
The full moon, known as “Super Blood Moon”, rises over the Titi Banda park in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, May 26, 2021, in this photo taken by Antara Foto.
Antara Foto/Nyoman Budhiana/ via REUTERS

Despite the cloudy night sky, there were lucky stargazers in the Philippines.

– with reports from Reuters/Rappler.com 

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