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Missed the super blue moon last night? See stunning images of a rare lunar phenomenon lighting up the August sky

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The super blue moon appears rarely


The super blue moon appears rarely

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As millions of stargazers around the world looked up at the sky on Wednesday night, they spotted a full moon that appeared larger than average. It was another “supermoon” – the second in August 2023, making it a “blue moon”.

What is a blue moon?

Contrary to what the name suggests, blue moon it is not actually blue. Rather, it marks the second full moon in one month – hence the expression “once in a blue moon”.

What is a supermoon?

The “supermoon” phenomenon occurs when the Moon’s orbit is closest to Earth at the same time as the Moon is full. According to NASA, about 25% of full moons are supermoons, but only 3% of full moons are blue moons.

Supermoons are on average about 16% brighter than the average moon. They also appear larger than the average full moon – NASA compared the size difference to the difference between a quarter and a nickel.

Saturn could also be seen appearing next to the Moon wherever the sky was clear, adding to the celestial celebration.

Here are some photos of the super blue moon from around the world.

New York, New York

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A blue moon rises over the Statue of Liberty in New York on August 30, 2023.

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San Francisco, California

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A supermoon rises over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, August 30, 2023.

Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu agency via Getty Images


Edinburgh, Scotland

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A super blue moon sets behind the Balmoral Clock in Edinburgh, August 31, 2023.

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Kashmir, India

A rare super blue moon brightens the August night sky
A flowerbed under a radiant blue supermoon on August 30, 2023 in Srinagar, Kashmir, India.

Kabli Yawar Nazir / Getty Images


Darwin in Australia

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A super blue moon rises behind a ferris wheel located at Stokes Hill Wharf in Darwin, Australia, August 31, 2023.

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Istanbul, Türkiye

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Tourists visit the famous Galata Tower in Istanbul as the rare super blue moon rises in Istanbul on August 30, 2023.

Chris McGrath / Getty Images


When will the next super blue moon be?

Those who missed a blue moon will have a long wait until the next one in May 2026. And if you’re waiting for the next super blue moon, it will be even longer – until 2037, when astronomy buffs will be able to see the super blue moons in January and March.

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