Watch the ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ as It Rises Over London’s Iconic Cityscape
The “super blue blood moon” was visible around the world on Wednesday, Jan. 31, in some places forming a lunar eclipse, as the moon entered the closest point to the Earth in its orbit.
A stunning timelapse video shot over the skyline of London captures the moon as it rises over iconic landmarks like the London Eye in the west and the Shard in the east.
The name “super blue blood moon” has been coined because of the deep red colour of the sunlight that passed through the atmosphere to illuminate it.
The moon also appeared about 7 percent larger than usual and 15 percent brighter—hence the “super” in the name.
Dr Shannon Schmoll, director of Abrams Planetarium in Michigan, told the BBC: “Some sunlight is skimming through the Earth’s atmosphere on its way to the Moon, and it also gets refracted or bent towards the Moon a little bit.
“So, we have this process of filtering out the blue light and leaving the red light to see.
“And then having that light bent a little bit toward the moon.”