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Photos: Super moon puts on a dazzling show in clear Southcentral Alaska skies

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 31, 2018
  • Published January 30, 2018

The moon staged a rare triple show early Wednesday when a blue super moon combined with a total lunar eclipse visible from western North America to eastern Asia.

The overlap of a blue moon – the second full moon in a calendar month – with a lunar eclipse while the moon is at its closest approach to Earth was the first such celestial trifecta since 1982, said Noah Petro, a research scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center outside Washington.

The moon reached its fullest at 4:27 a.m. Wednesday Alaska time, just minutes before the peak eclipse.

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