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Posted: January 31, 2018

Super blue blood moon eclipse: Watch NASA video of the rare lunar event

WATCH: Rare “Super Blue Blood Moon”


Super blue blood moon eclipse: Watch NASA video of the rare lunar event
The moon sets in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Hadera, Israel, early Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

The super blue blood moon total lunar eclipse, a highly anticipated, rare celestial event more than 150 years in the making, could be seen overhead early Wednesday.

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The full moon passed through the Earth’s shadow to create a total lunar eclipse. The moon appeared reddish, hence the name “blood moon.” Totality, when the moon was entirely inside the Earth’s dark umbral shadow, lasted about 1 1/4 hours.

NASA officials shared a live stream of the event Wednesday on NASA-TV.

Wednesday's full moon was also the third in a series of three straight full moon supermoons – that is, super-close full moons. It was the first of two blue moons in 2018. 

It marked the first blue moon total eclipse in America since March 31, 1866.

– and contributed to this report.

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