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Super Blue Blood Moon Lights Up The Sky

| Tokyo Skytree , Natural Japan

On January 31, 2018, people in Tokyo had their breath taken away by the super blue blood moon. This is the incredibly rare combination of a full moon that appears larger to the eye than normal (supermoon), the second full moon to come within a calendar month (blue moon), and the red color of the moon during a lunar eclipse (blood moon).

In Tokyo, the phenomenon began to manifest shortly before 9 p.m. and was punctuated by office workers on their way home, as well as downtown diners and drinkers, turning their eyes skyward to appreciate the view.

Some of the most striking images were captured near the Tokyo Skytree, the 634-meter (2,080-ft) spire that rises from the city’s Sumida Ward.

You can compare the super blue blood moon over Tokyo Tower (left) and Skytree (right), to see which you prefer.

The orange glow of Tokyo Tower made for less contrast with the blood moon, but also imparted a warmer, more relaxed atmosphere to the sight.