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

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 31
  • Published January 30
The waning lunar eclipse hangs above Skyscraper mountain at Independence Mine State Historical Park early Wednesday morning, Jan. 31, 2018. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
The ‘super blue blood moon,’ seen from Independence Mine State Historical Park during the early stages of the eclipse early Wednesday morning, Jan. 31, 2018. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
The ‘super blue blood moon,’ seen from Independence Mine State Historical Park during the peak of the eclipse early Wednesday morning, Jan. 31, 2018. 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 is an unusual event. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Earth’s shadow begins to eclipse the moon early Wednesday morning, Jan. 31, 2018, seen from Independence Mine State Historical Park in Hatcher Pass. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
The almost-full super moon comes up over Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
The almost-full super moon comes up over Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
The moon sets over Mount Susitna in this view from Point Woronzof in Anchorage on January 30, 2018. (Marc Lester / ADN)
The moon sets over Mount Susitna in this view from Point Woronzof in Anchorage on January 30, 2018. (Marc Lester / ADN)
The moon rises over the ridges near Matanuska Peak in this view from Butte on January 29, 2018.(Marc Lester / ADN)
As the almost full super moon comes up over Anchorage, Alaska Christina and Thomas Rivas jog along the trail next to Westchester Lagoon on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

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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