For those who missed the 'super blood moon,' don't worry, the Internet has you covered

By Char Adams
Updated September 28, 2015 09:35 AM
Credit: Ben Birchall/AP

Stargazers around the world turned out Sunday night and early Monday to see the rare astronomical phenomenon known as the “super blood moon.” And it was absolutely beautiful.

For the first time since 1982, a super moon and lunar eclipse combined, resulting in a large, full moon with a reddish hue. Those in the United States, Africa, Europe and parts of Asia were able to view the breathtaking phenomenon.

However, for those who missed the astronomical sighting, the Internet has you covered. During and after the event, millions of stunning photos were uploaded to social media from around the world.

From America’s east coast to Jerusalem to Shanghai, lunar-watchers flooded the Internet with photos of the rare sighting. Shots range from huge, red displays of the moon to less impressive views – some users saw only a tiny, red dot.

While thick clouds shut down the show for many in the U.S., NASA streamed the event live. The space agency asked fans to share blood moon photos online using the hashtag “SuperBloodMoon” for a chance to have their photo featured on NASA’s main social media channels.

And the photos weren’t in short supply. Check out some shots of the rare occurrence below – they’ll have to hold you over until the next blood moon occurs in 2033.

Dr. Sarah Noble, a NASA program scientist, told the New York Times ahead of the sighting that celestial events like the blood moon tend to get more people interested in astronomy.

“It leads to conversations about what else is up there,” she said.