Blue supermoon: World gazes at rare lunar phenomenon

Sky gazers around the world have been treated to a blue supermoon, which made a spectacular appearance for the first time since 2009.

A blue Moon occurs when the pattern of days in a year means there are 13 full Moons instead of the usual 12.

This blue Moon is also a supermoon – when the Earth’s only natural satellite appears brighter than usual because it is at its closest point in its orbit around our planet.

But despite its name, the lunar phenomenon has nothing to do with colour – it gets its name because it does not fall in the usual scheme of named Moons.

The lunar spectacle is visible either on Wednesday or Thursday in different parts of the world.

A plane passes the super blue moon in LondonIMAGE SOURCE,VICTORIA JONES/PA MEDIA
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A plane passes in front of the blue Moon in London
A woman takes a picture of the moonIMAGE SOURCE,JOSE LUIS GONZALEZ/REUTERS
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Spectators captured images of the Moon as it rose above Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
A full moon known as the "Blue Moon" rises behind the Temple of Poseidon, in Cape Sounion, near Athens, Greece, August 30IMAGE SOURCE,STELIOS MISINAS/REUTERS
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In Greece, the blue supermoon delighted crowds that gathered at the ancient Temple of Poseidon, near Athens
The moon rises behind the Marina Bay Sands in SingaporeIMAGE SOURCE,SUHAIMI ABDULLAH/GETTY IMAGES
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People gathered at Marina Bay Sands as the Moon came into view in Singapore
A rare Super Moon rises over the capital city on August 30, 2023 in Moscow, Russia.IMAGE SOURCE,MIKHAIL SERBIN/GETTY IMAGES
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Star gazers were able to enjoy a view of the Moon rising over the bright lights of Moscow, Russia
People gather along North Avenue Beach as a super blue moon rises on August 30, 2023 in Chicago, IllinoisIMAGE SOURCE,SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES
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People gathered along North Avenue Beach, as the Moon rose in Chicago
Super Blue Moon rises above ancient fortress in Migdal Tsedek National Park near Rosh Haayin, Israel, 30 AugustIMAGE SOURCE,ABIR SULTAN/EPA
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The Moon appeared to roll over an ancient fortress near the city of Rosh HaAyin in Israel
The supermoon came into view over the stands during the first Vitality IT20 match at the Seat Unique Riverside in County DurhamIMAGE SOURCE,OWEN HUMPHREYS/PA MEDIA
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The supermoon came into view over the stands during the first Vitality IT20 match at the Seat Unique Riverside in County Durham
Super Blue Moon rises over Guwahati city, on 30 August 2023 in Guwahati, Assam, IndiaIMAGE SOURCE,DAVID TALUKDAR/GETTY IMAGES
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The blue Moon created an abstract scene as it rose over Guwahati city in India
A Palestinian boy rides his bicycle looking at the moon the 'Blue Moon' in Beit Lahiya northern Gaza Strip on August 30, 2023IMAGE SOURCE,MAJDI FATHI/GETTY IMAGES
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The supermoon caught the attention of a Palestinian boy as he rode his bicycle in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip
he super Blue Moon rises in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and KashmirIMAGE SOURCE,SAQIB MAJEED/GETTY IMAGES
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Flowers are seen as the Moon rose over Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir.

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