There was an impressive sight in the sky on January 31 as a rare Super Blue Blood Moon was visible in many parts of the word.
HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, is an avid photographer, so he was there to capture the action, choosing one of the city’s most iconic landmarks as a backdrop.
He posted a picture of the Super Blue Blood Moon behind the Burj Khalifa, making for something that looks more like CGI than real life. Fans were quick to show their appreciation, and the snap quickly received over 300,000 likes.
Shortly after, the Dubai royal posted a time lapse of the event making its way up the sky past the Burj Khalifa.
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What is a Super Blue Blood Moon?
A ‘Blood Moon’ is the name given to a moon during a total lunar eclipse, while a ‘Supermoon’ is the name given to a moon when it is closest to the Earth, making it appear larger than usual. Finally a ‘Blue Moon’ means the second full moon of the month, which only happens once every few years – hence the expression “once in a Blue Moon”.
So for all these things to happen at the same time is an extremely rare occurrence. According to reports, the last Super Blue Blood Moon was around 150 years ago.
As you can imagine, people from all over the world shared the event on Instagram. Here are a few of the best…