Images of rare ‘super blood moon’ captured over Huntingdonshire

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Residents across Huntingdonshire were up at 3am to witness a rare celestial event that saw a lunar eclipse coincide with a ‘supermoon’.

A 22-picture composite of the super blood moon, taken by Iain Petrie, of St Neots.

A 22-picture composite of the super blood moon, taken by Iain Petrie, of St Neots. - Credit: Archant

The event saw the moon turn a reddish-brown hue and allowed observers to capture some spectacular images.

A supermoon occurs when the Moon is in the closest part of its orbit to Earth, meaning it appears larger in the sky.

The full beauty of the eclipse, in which an eerie blood red effect is created, unfolded from 1.10am in the UK, with the “total” phase – when the moon is completely in shadow – lasting from 3.11am to 4.24am. It was the first time in 30 years a supermoon appeared in the UK skies.

The eclipse - which made the Moon appear red was last seen in the UK in 1982 and scientists say won’t appear again until 2033.

The super blood moon, as captured by Michael Marshall, of Huntingdon.

The super blood moon, as captured by Michael Marshall, of Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant