Image: A Blue Moon comes out of a lunar eclipse as it sets past an ocean pier in Oceanside, California

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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.

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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.

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Image: A Blue Moon comes out of a lunar eclipse as it sets past an ocean pier in Oceanside, California

Oceanside, California

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

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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.

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Image: A lunar eclipse of a full "Blue Moon" is seen above the ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica

Santa Monica, California

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

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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.

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San Francisco

The moon sets behind Salesforce Tower before dawn.

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Singapore

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

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Yellowknife, Ontairo

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

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New York

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

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Tokyo

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

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Hong Kong

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

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Bangkok

Bangkok

The moon rises over a Chinese dragon statue.
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Bangkok

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

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

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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. 

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Santiago, Chile

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

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Prague

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

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