See images of super blue blood moon over Suffolk
- Credit: Paul Templeton
Breathtaking images were captured tonight of a ‘super blue blood moon’ illuminating the skies of Suffolk.
Photographs of the rare celestial sight, which last happened 152 years ago, were taken in Darsham, Pin Mill and Sudbury.
The January 31 moon is ‘blue’ because it is the second full moon in a calender month, and it is ‘super’ because it is unusually close to Earth, meaning it appears around 14% bigger and 30% brighter.
Amazingly, this will occur on the same night as a total lunar eclipse, when the sun, moon and Earth are aligned. This gives the moon a red - or ‘blood’ - tinge as it is blocked from sunlight.
Richard Jones, a forecaster for Weatherquest, said the optimum time for viewing the phenomenon in Suffolk was between 5pm and 7pm, when the moon was at its largest and lowest in the sky.
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Mr Jones added: “With clear skies it should look quite impressive.”
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