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'Super blue blood moon': Lunar trifecta glows in night sky

Skywatchers in some parts of the world witnessed a rare combination of events that included a total lunar eclipse.

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Los Angeles

The shadow of the earth passes over the moon during the beginning of a total lunar eclipse on Jan. 31, 2018.

The moon is putting on a rare cosmic show. It's the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse.

Richard Vogel / AP
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Los Angeles

The Earth's shadow covers the moon on Jan. 31.

The full moon was a rare combination of a blue moon (the second full moon in a single calendar month), a supermoon (a moon that's full when it's at its closest point in its slightly elliptical orbit around Earth), and a total lunar eclipse or blood moon. In the U.S., the best views of the eclipse were on the West Coast.

Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images
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Oceanside, California

A moon comes out of a lunar eclipse as it sets past an ocean pier.

Mike Blake / Reuters
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Amboy, California

Stars shine around the moon during the total lunar eclipse above the Mojave Desert.

The Earth's shadow upon the lunar surface gives it a reddish tint.

David McNew / Getty Images
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Santa Monica, California

The moon hangs above the Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier.

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters
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Amboy, California

The moon sets behind Amboy Crater, a cinder cone volcano in the Mojave Desert, at the end of its total eclipse.

David McNew / Getty Images
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San Francisco

The moon sets behind Salesforce Tower before dawn.

Josh Edelson / AFP - Getty Images
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Singapore

A cable car gondola moves past the moon during the lunar eclipse.

Roslan Rahman / AFP - Getty Images
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Yellowknife, Ontairo

The eclipsing moon appears with the northern lights, or aurora borealis, in the early morning sky.

Bill Braden / The Canadian Press via AP
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New York

The moon during partial eclipse sets behind the Statue of Liberty on Jan. 31.

Justin Lane / EPA
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Tokyo

The shadow of the Earth passes over the moon on Jan. 31 in this composite image.

Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP - Getty Images
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Hong Kong

A plane passes in front of the moon during the total lunar eclipse. 

Kin Cheung / AP
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Bangkok

The moon rises over a Chinese dragon statue.
Roberto Schmidt / AFP - Getty Images
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Bangkok

The eclipsed moon appears behind an elephant statue at a temple on Jan. 31.
Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters
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Vladivostok, Russia

The full moon shines over a monument dedicated to Red Army heroes on Jan. 31.

Yevgeny Uvarov / AP
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Rome

The full moon backdrops a flock of birds on Jan. 30.

Supermoons occur at the point of orbit known as perigree so they appear slightly larger in the sky. 

Massimo Percossi / EPA
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Santiago, Chile

People watch as a full moon rises over Los Andes mountain range on Jan. 30.

Pablo Sanhueza / Reuters
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Prague

The moon rises over the Old Town on Jan. 30.

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Martin Divisek / EPA
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