- A 'super blood moon' appeared in the sky on Wednesday, dazzling audiences across the globe
- The stunning visual spectacle occurred as a lunar eclipse coincided with a supermoon
- Briefly News compiled some of our favourite images from the rare natural phenomenon
A 'super blood moon' appeared in the sky early on Wednesday but only some parts of the world caught a rare glimpse of the natural phenomenon.
Supermoons only happen a few times each year and are the biggest and brightest full moons of ever to grace the night sky. They are roughly 7% bigger and 15% brighter than your usual full moon.
Wednesday's moon is also referred to as the 'flower moon' because it appears in the springtime. While the event seems somewhat mystical, the occurrence of a supermoon actually has a very simple cause - the moon is at the closest point in its orbit to Earth.
The event coincided with a total lunar eclipse and the moon took on a reddish hue in parts of the world, hence the nickname 'super blood moon'.
Some breathtaking images of the event were caught on camera. Check out some of the images below:
Wednesday's full moon was the second supermoon of 2021 - the first was in April - and also this year's last.
Meanwhile in other world news of the strange variety, YEN.com.gh previously reported that people in the city of Coober Pedy had to move their dwelling places underground due to the scorching sun above ground that is not fit for their habitation.
According to Myth and Fact on Twitter, the city is built under the ground like normal cities above it. In the pictures shared, the underground city had churches, eateries, bars and other building structures for different purposes.
Mixed reactions have however greeted the post about the Coober Pedy people of Australia. Many people found it unbelievable and expressed shock that such a city is in existence.
"Probably gonna be the future reality of more cities if global warming continues at this rate."
"Hnmm it's almost like the people living there were not meant to be in that type of environment, could it be because their lack of melanin? How strange!"
"This is Unbelievable "Australian cherish human's Life."
Coober Pedy, according to Wikipedia, is also known as Opal City of the World by virtue of the large number of opals mined in the city. The city of over a thousand people gets its water supply through bores which are managed by District Council.
During summertime, its above-ground temperature exceeds 40 °C (104 °F).