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The moon put on a rare cosmic show on Wednesday: a red blue moon, super big and super bright.

It's the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon because of its red hue.

Hawaii and Alaska had the best seats, along with the Canadian Yukon, Australia and Asia. The western US also had good viewing, along with Russia.

The celestial show was the result of the sun, earth, and moon lining up perfectly for a lunar eclipse just as the moon is near its closest orbit point to earth, making it appear “super” large.

A partially eclipsed super blue blood moon sets behind the Golden Gate Bridge on January 31 in San Francisco, California.— AFP
A partially eclipsed super blue blood moon sets behind the Golden Gate Bridge on January 31 in San Francisco, California.— AFP
People watch the moon during a lunar eclipse, referred to as the "super blue blood moon", in Karachi.— AFP
People watch the moon during a lunar eclipse, referred to as the "super blue blood moon", in Karachi.— AFP
A boat sails in the Bosporus Strait separating Europe and Asia, as a supermoon rises over Istanbul on Wednesday.— AP
A boat sails in the Bosporus Strait separating Europe and Asia, as a supermoon rises over Istanbul on Wednesday.— AP
A commercial plane flies in the sky as a full moon is seen in Manila on January 31.— AFP
A commercial plane flies in the sky as a full moon is seen in Manila on January 31.— AFP
The moon rises next to the city's highest buildings in Skopje.— AFP
The moon rises next to the city's highest buildings in Skopje.— AFP
A combination of pictures taken and created on January 31 in Islamabad shows the moon during a lunar eclipse, referred to as the "super blue blood moon".— AFP
A combination of pictures taken and created on January 31 in Islamabad shows the moon during a lunar eclipse, referred to as the "super blue blood moon".— AFP
A super blue blood moon sets behind downtown San Francisco, California before dawn on January 31.— AFP
A super blue blood moon sets behind downtown San Francisco, California before dawn on January 31.— AFP
The partially-eclipsed moon rises against a crescent mounted on Faisal mosque in Islamabad.— AP
The partially-eclipsed moon rises against a crescent mounted on Faisal mosque in Islamabad.— AP
The moon rises over Kadam mountain in Nakapiripirit town, northeastern Uganda.— AFP
The moon rises over Kadam mountain in Nakapiripirit town, northeastern Uganda.— AFP
People set up telescopes near Victoria Harbour in the hope of seeing a 'supermoon' on a cloudy evening in Hong Kong on January 31.— AFP
People set up telescopes near Victoria Harbour in the hope of seeing a 'supermoon' on a cloudy evening in Hong Kong on January 31.— AFP
A picture shows the moon during a lunar eclipse up in the sky above the Bosphorus straits in Istanbul.— AFP
A picture shows the moon during a lunar eclipse up in the sky above the Bosphorus straits in Istanbul.— AFP
A plane flies as the moon is seen rising above Skopje on January 31.— AFP
A plane flies as the moon is seen rising above Skopje on January 31.— AFP
A resident watches the moon during a lunar eclipse in Islamabad.— AFP
A resident watches the moon during a lunar eclipse in Islamabad.— AFP
A picture taken on January 31 shows the moon rising over Madrid.— AFP
A picture taken on January 31 shows the moon rising over Madrid.— AFP

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Ghar_Damad Feb 01, 2018 10:10am

Beautiful pictures!

Dilli ka Dil Wala Feb 01, 2018 10:31am

Good Job Dawn

Well-wisher Feb 01, 2018 10:43am

Thanks to DAWN for the vivid pics.. I think Dawn is the only special news portal that shown the natural lovely and lively photos..

Mashal Khan Feb 01, 2018 11:04am

Dawn always has the best pics ... Bravo

wellwisher Feb 01, 2018 11:49am

wow, what pictures

Sridhar Raghunatha Rao Feb 01, 2018 06:48pm

Very beautiful pictures DAWN has taken us round the globe to see blue-blood moon in different parts of the world.

muba Feb 01, 2018 09:41pm

good work Dawn..great pics

Desh bandhu Chopra Feb 03, 2018 02:42pm

Awesome photos. A once in a lifetime opportunity.