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A 'super blood moon’ appeared in the skies across the world last night for the first time in 30 years.
The eerie light created from the lunar eclipse with the moon near to its closest point to the Earth delighted astronomers while filling others with dread.
Some religious groups and believers in astrology were convinced the spectacle is a sign that the End of Days was approaching.
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UK: The supermoon illuminated the night as it rose into the sky over St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside
USA: Beach goers take photos of the supermoon from the water off Padre Island Balli park in Corpus Christi, Texas
UK: The supermoon rises behind Glastonbury Tor in Somerset, home to St Michael's Tower, where dozens of people gathered
UK: The vibrant supermoon rises above the Stuart mansion of Bolsover Castle near Chesterfield in Derbyshire last night
From white to red: A combination of six pictures shows the rising supermoon in the sky in Frankfurt, Germany, early this morning
USA: The bright red supermoon rises over the Washington Monument late on Sunday night, to astronomers' delight
Eclipse: The moon gradually changed from a regular full moon to a blood moon over Bogota, Colombia
USA: A partially-eclipsed supermoon, the last of this year's supermoons, rises over Las Vegas, Nevada, on a hazy morning
UK: A pale shade of red light is reflected off the moon as it is seen by the London Eye, where many stayed up late to view the spectacle
USA: The blood moon is seen from Twickenham in south-west London (left) and the New Forest in Hampshire (right)
UK: The super blood moon is seen during the early stages of the lunar eclipse near Big Ben in Westminster
When the moon is at perigee, its shortest distance from the Earth, it is 226,000 miles away.
This makes it appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than when it is at its furthermost point.
The last time this coincided with a lunar eclipse, when the moon is covered by the Earth's shadow, was in 1982 - and it will not be repeated until 2033.
During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns a deep rusty red, due to sunlight being scattered by the Earth's atmosphere.
The shade will depend on the atmospheric conditions, and there may be a bluish tinge at the moon's edge.
PORTUGAL: The blood moon is seen at the start of a lunar eclipse above Lisbon in the early hours of this morning
USA: Earth's shadow begins to obscure the view of the supermoon during a total lunar eclipse over Orange County in California
EGYPT: A supermoon rises over the minaret of a mosque in Wadi El-Rayan Lake at the desert of Al Fayoum Governorate, near Cairo
EUROPE: The bright moon was visible through the clouds over St Peter's Basilica in Rome (left), as well as next to the spires of the Houses of Parliament in London (right)
Stargazers marvel at the rare blood moon from Glastonbury Tor
USA: Earth's shadow obscures the view of the supermoon during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from near Lecompton, Kansas
CANADA: Four people watch as the supermoon begins to rise in Mississauga, near Toronto in Ontario
USA: A plane flies in front of the so-called supermoon during a lunar eclipse in this photograph taken from Geneva, Illinois
CZECH REPUBLIC: A statue of a baby in Prague juxtaposed with the moon
VENEZUELA: The last of this year's supermoons rises in the sky in the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas last night
BELARUS: The supermoon shone through the night over an Orthodox church in the eastern European city
MEXICO: A statue in Ciudad Juarez appears to reach out to touch the lunar phenomenon
USA: In this photo provided by NASA, a person runs as the supermoon rises above Central Park in New York
HAITI: The supermoon silhouettes television and radio antennas on Boutilier Mountain in Port-au-Prince
ITALY: This bird seemed less than impressed by the spectacle, turning its back on the supermoon over St Peter's Basilica in Rome
GERMANY: A market fountain statue next to the Rolandhaus in Hildesheim faces the supermoon
FRANCE: The moon shone a vibrant shade of red as it was seen over a statue on the Alexander III Bridge in Paris
CANADA: A couple shared a quiet moment of reflection as they watched the moon over Vancouver, British Columbia
USA: Sightseers casting their eyes up to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City also got a view of the supermoon
POLAND: It was supermoon time in Warsaw as the lunar phenomenon was visible next to a clock on the Palace of Culture
USA: The tremendous blood moon appeared to rise directly above the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette, Illinois, last night
FRANCE: Love was not the only thing in the air in Paris last night as the the supermoon shone brightly next to the Eiffel Tower
USA: The moon rose through the palm trees next to a beach in Los Angeles, California, late on Sunday night
GERMANY: The supermoon is seen over a statue of Emperor Wilhelm in the city of Koblenz. The last time a supermoon and lunar eclipse coincided was in 1982
USA: The Coachella valley also got a peek of the blood red supermoon, with it just visible over hills on the horizon
BELARUS: The red-appearing moon was visible behind this colourful Orthodox church in the city of Turets, west of Minsk
POLAND: The supermoon almost appeared to be sitting on top of a skyscraper in Warsaw as it passed over the Polish city
USA: The huge, bright moon filled the sky behind the state capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, late on Sunday night
FRANCE: Late night visitors to the Louvre museum in Paris were able to see the blood moon, which appeared pink on one side
SOUTH AFRICA: Those who stayed up late enough in Cape Town were also treated to a spectacular view of the rare celestial event
USA: The supermoon rises just before the start of a total lunar eclipse in Cheyenne in the central US state of Wyoming
The supermoon eclipse lasted for 1 hour and 11 minutes, and was visible in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific.
Through the ages, so-called ‘blood moons’ have been viewed as ill omens by superstitious people.
Anyone who stayed up to see the red moon was in for a ‘quite an unusual sight’, according to Society for Popular Astronomy vice president Robin Scagell.
His tips were to arm yourself with binoculars and look out for the deep redness in the sky when the moon was fully in shadow.
Unlike with a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is completely safe to observe through binoculars or a small telescope.
Many believe this eclipse is significant as it marks the completion of an unusual line-up of four total eclipses at six-monthly intervals known as a ‘tetrad’.
Texan pastor John Hagee says this has only happened three times in the last 500 years and claims it is likely to herald a ‘hugely significant’ world event.
Since 1900 there have only been five 'supermoon' lunar eclipses – in 1910, 1928, 1946, 1964 and 1982.
Standard lunar eclipses are more common and it's thought that one can be seen from some point on the Earth every two-and-a-half years.
USA: The moon rises during day three of the Boston Calling Music Festival at Boston City Hall Plaza in Massachusetts
BELARUS: A flock of birds fly by as the perigee moon rises in Mir, 60 miles west of the capital Minsk
USA: A NASA image shows a perigee full moon during a total lunar eclipse behind The Colorado State Capitol Building in Denver
SYRIA: The supermoon shone brightly over war-torn Syria overnight, with residents of Damascus treated to a stunning sight
ISRAEL: The Mediterranean coastal city of Netanya also got an up close and personal view of the moon as it appeared larger in the sky
USA: The supermoon rises in the sky before a total lunar eclipse at Wrigley Field baseball stadium in Chicago, Illinois
ARGENTINA: A supermoon rises in the sky over the Rio de La Plata in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires last night
MEXICO: A supermoon, the last of this year's supermoons, is pictured in the sky in Ciudad Juarez in northern Mexico
USA: The blood moon rises behind hilltop residences as a car passes along a roadway in Solana Beach, California
AUSTRALIA: The full supermoon sets over the central business district of Sydney on the south-eastern coast of Australia
FRANCE: A supermoon rises in the sky near the Eiffel tower as seen from Suresnes in the west of the French capital last night
USA: The supermoon rises over the Lower Fox Creek School near Strong City in Kansas, where it was still bright when the moon arrived
ISRAEL: The supermoon bathed in the blood-red light of a lunar eclipse in the early hours of Monday morning
Guide: These are the times in GMT that the eclipse started and ended over Britain, with the total eclipse happening at 3.47am BST
In the US, the eclipse was due yo begin at 10.11pm Eastern Standard Time - with the total eclipse happening at 10.47pm
UK: The supermoon rises above Brighton beach in East Sussex last night as sky-watchers enjoyed the spectacle