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Pictures: Super Blood Blue Moon over Nottingham

A series of images, some better than others, of tonight’s Super Blood Blue Moon as it rose over West Bridgford and Nottingham. Taken when clouds started to clear at about 5:45pm. The Moon rose at 4:52pm.

The Moon reached its full phase for the second time in the month of January, making it a blue Moon.

The full Moon also occurs very close to perigee, where the Moon makes its closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit, occurring close enough to create a Supermoon, where the full Moon is up to 14% brighter than average.

This year, in 2018, we have two months (January and March) that harbor a Blue Moon. That is, it’s a Blue Moon by the monthly definition of the term: the second of two full moons to fall within a single calendar month.

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And finally, the Moon will fully slip into the Earth’s shadow during this time, creating a total lunar eclipse. NASA is calling it the “Super Blood Blue Moon.”

For observers in North America, it’s the first time all three of these phenomena will line up since 1866, sadly the eclipse isn’t visible from the Northern Hemisphere, the full super blue moon is!

These images taken at 7pm

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