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Sky watchers around the world were treated to the most spectacular full moon of the year in the early morning on Wednesday. May 26 marked not only a super moon, but also a lunar eclipse, or so-called “blood moon.”

According to NASA, a blood moon occurs during a total lunar eclipse, when the Earth is positioned directly between the moon and the sun. Earth’s atmosphere filters sunlight, diffusing blue light but letting red light through.

Wednesday also marked the best of the year super moon. A super moon occurs when the moon appears larger than usual in the night sky because it is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, known as perigee.

The May Full Moon is also known as the “Flower Moon”, named for the abundance of flowers associated with spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Astrophotographers around the world captured stunning images of the event, which were clearly visible in Asia and Australia, as well as much of the United States and South America.

New Zealand

Super blood moon and total lunar eclipse seen in Auckland
The total lunar eclipse is seen on May 26, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Australia

Super Flower Blood Moon in Australia
A surfer is seen as the “Super Flower Blood Moon” soars over the Pacific Ocean at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia on May 26, 2021.

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Brazil

Lunar eclipse Brazil
A lunar eclipse is observed at dawn in Brasilia, Brazil on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

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Britain

The full moon, known as
The full moon is seen behind the stone circle at Stonehenge near Amesbury, Britain on May 26, 2021.

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Hong Kong

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The moon is pictured over Hong Kong on May 26, 2021, during a total lunar eclipse.

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California

Lunar eclipse United States
The full moon sets over Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

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Mexico

Total lunar eclipse in Mexico City
The lunar eclipse is seen on May 26, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico.

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Taiwan

TAIWAN-SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY-ECLIPSE OF THE MOON
A full moon is observed during a partial eclipse in Taipei on May 26, 2021.

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Indonesia

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The moon is pictured over Jakarta on May 26, 2021, during a total lunar eclipse.

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China

Total lunar eclipse
A total lunar eclipse occurs in the night sky over Haikou, the capital of southwest China’s Hainan Province, on May 26, 2021.

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Hawaii

A flowering super moon rises over Makapuu Lighthouse in eastern Oahu, Honolulu
The full moon rises over the Makapuu Lighthouse east of Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, May 25, 2021.

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Turkey

The full moon, known as
The full moon is seen over the Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the founder of modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara, Turkey on May 26, 2021.

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