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'Super blue blood moon' eclipsed over Tucson

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The 'super blue blood moon' hovers over San Xavier Del Bac early Wednesday morning. - Paul Ingram/

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Tucsonans looking skyward Wednesday morning got a rare treat: a trio of lunar phenomena could be seen as a total lunar eclipse occurred during a blue moon and a supermoon.

Called the "super blue blood moon," the trifecta of events came during a blue moon, or the second full moon of the month, as well as a supermoon, named because the full moon is closest to Earth, looking bigger and brighter than normal, and ended with a lunar eclipse, when the Earth blocks sunlight from reaching the moon, turning it a ruddy color. 

The last time this happened was in 1982, and skywatchers will have to wait until 2037 to see such a combination again, according to NASA. 

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