HEADLINE Rare 'super blood blue moon' a buzz in China

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Rare 'super blood blue moon' a buzz in China

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22:15, January 31, 2018

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The super moon is glimpsed on Wednesday night in Huai’an, East China’s Jiangsu Province. (Photo: IC) 

The "super blood blue moon" has created a buzz in China on Wednesday, as netizens sharing photos of the rare cosmic event through social media.

The event, not seen in more than 150 years, combines three unusual lunar events: an extra big super moon, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse.

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First contact of the eclipse (Photo: Purple Mountain Observatory)

This full moon is also the third in a series of "super moons," which happen when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit. 

This point, called the perigee, makes the moon appears 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter.

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Red moon (Photo: Purple Mountain Observatory)

During the eclipse, the moon glides into Earth's shadow before it gradually turning the white disk of light to orange or red.

The alignment of the sun, moon and Earth lasted one hour and 16 minutes.

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The super moon is seen in Lianyugang, East China's Jiangsu Province, on Wednesday. (Photo: IC)

Unlike a solar eclipse, this lunar eclipse can be safely viewed without protective eyewear.

(Agencies contributed to the story)

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