The UK may have missed the rare spectacle of the ‘super blue blood moon’ on the final day of January, but the country was still treated to a spectacular lunar display.
Scots, including locals in Tayside and Fife, took to social media to post images of the super blue moon, with Dundee given a particularly clear view of the spectacle.
A blue moon is the name given to the second full moon of any month. It is said to have appeared about 7% larger and 15% brighter than normal.
Full moon phases have an average length of about 29.5 days, so two occurrences in one month are very rare. The first one of January was on the 2nd of the month.
The Southern Hemisphere were best placed to view the super blue blood moon, where a total lunar eclipse was visible. It could also be seen across the US.
However as the eclipse was due to start at 10.51am and end at 4.08pm UK time, with totality from 12.51pm to 2.07pm, it was unable to be seen from the British Isles.
Here are some of the photos posted of the blue moon across Scotland last night/this morning:
#SuperBlueBloodMoon #supermoon #moon next to St Andrews' St Salvator's chapel this morning on my way to work #stsalvators #standrews #Fife #Scotland #ScotSpirit @StAndrewsUniLib @univofstandrews pic.twitter.com/k8gWJ3JRrl
— shambles klutz (@shamblesklutz) February 1, 2018
— Jim Ewing (@sclaff18) January 31, 2018
Tour #Scotland travel photograph of the 31 January #Supermoon above #Kinnoull #Hill on #visit to #Perth, #Perthshire Shot this with long lens during a gap in the clouds around the hour of 10.45pm pic.twitter.com/qKIK9UgPB7
— Sandy Stevenson (@tourscotland) January 31, 2018
— CrustyDemon (@CrustyDemon999) January 31, 2018
— Gordon Robertson (@gordo_rob) January 31, 2018
— Lisa@Lethen (@lisawood81) January 31, 2018
Last nights Super Moon over The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. #supermoon #edinburgh #superbluemoon #superbluebloodmoon #edinburghlife #natgeopic #travels #travelpic #instapic https://t.co/L2TE2hSLuZ pic.twitter.com/VByJ8Sc6uE
— Boys Eat Scotland (@BoysEatScotland) February 1, 2018
— BBC Scotland Weather (@BBCScotWeather) February 1, 2018
— Paul Newman (@thymetoeatscot) January 31, 2018
The super blue moon over #Braemar in the #Cairngorms #Scotland tonight #ScotSpirit @wildscotland @TheCairngorms @steamingboots @mtnsofscotland @DeeTour_ @scotland_love @SNHnortheast @visitabdn pic.twitter.com/gtfBQtcLn9
— Braemar Media (@BraemarMedia) January 31, 2018
LIVE NOW: #LunarEclipse2018! The Earth is directly between the Sun and Moon, making the lunar surface appear red. You can watch views of the #SuperBlueBloodMoon from multiple telescopes live online! Take a look: https://t.co/r6X6SoMfLn pic.twitter.com/TBtNOKd5Yw
— NASA (@NASA) January 31, 2018