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Night sky watchers across the world have been enjoying a “super flower blood moon”, a spectacular phenomenon caused by the May full moon coinciding with both the satellite being at its closest point to the Earth during its orbit – making it appear larger and brighter – and a lunar eclipse causing the moon to turn red as it drifts into our planet’s shadow.
The sight has made for extraordinary photographs from the Western United States to Sydney Harbour but, somewhat typically, amateur astronomers in the UK watching the skies from Stonehenge were left frustrated by heavy cloud cover obscuring their view.
While the supermoon is visible across the world, the partial eclipse will only be viewable in parts of the US, eastern Latin Americas and eastern regions of Russia and Asia, although it will be streamable in the UK this morning.
Cloud cover thwarts ‘flower moon’ fans at Stonehenge
While the exquisitely-named “super flower blood moon” may have proven a spectacular sight across the United States, stargazers in the UK were not so lucky last night as cloud cover contrived to obscure the show in some areas.
People who travelled to Stonehenge in Wiltshire in the early hours of the morning could only see part of the larger-than-usual moon, with the rest bathed in cloud.
Stonehenge made for an incredibly atmospheric, even ghostly setting nonetheless.