Night sky watchers across the world have been enjoying a “super flower blood moon”, a spectacular phenomenon caused by the May full moon coinciding with both the satellite being at its closest point to the Earth during its orbit – making it appear larger and brighter – and a lunar eclipse causing the moon to turn red as it drifts into our planet’s shadow.
The sight has made for extraordinary photographs from the Western United States to Sydney Harbour but, somewhat typically, amateur astronomers in the UK watching the skies from Stonehenge were left frustrated by heavy cloud cover obscuring their view.
While the supermoon is visible across the world, the partial eclipse will only be viewable in parts of the US, eastern Latin Americas and eastern regions of Russia and Asia, although it will be streamable in the UK this morning.
Totality of lunar eclipse about to begin
The big moment is about to arrive, with moon expected to be in eclipse for around 15 minutes from 12.11pm (GMT) and achieve totality at 12.19pm.
Here are the latest images of its progress, taken in Santa Monica, California, and Sydney, Australia, respectively.
Joe Sommerlad26 May 2021 12:05
The view from Europe
More pictures you say? Alrighty then.
This is how the supermoon looked over the Czech Republic, Russia, Spain and Turkey last night.
Joe Sommerlad26 May 2021 11:40
The view from the Americas (and Australia)
As we await the totality of the…