'Super blue blood moon' lights up sky

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 1) — People all over the country looked up at the sky on Wednesday night to witness a rare lunar phenomenon.

Hundreds gathered at the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Astronomical Observatory in the University of the Philippines Diliman to gaze at the "super blue blood moon."

 

The name combines a supermoon, a blue moon and a blood moon.

Read: What's this 'super blue blood moon'?

A supermoon is when the moon becomes full on the same day it is closest to the Earth, thus making it look bigger and brighter.

A blue moon is the second full moon of a calendar month, which is a rarity since the moon completes its orbit around the Earth in 29.5 days.

Finally, a blood moon is the other name for a total lunar eclipse, which results in a reddish tinge the full moon takes on when it is fully eclipsed.

PAGASA Astronomical Observatory Chief Mario Raymundo told CNN Philippines on Wednesday that the phenomenon was last observed in the Philippines on December 30, 1982.

10,000-light accompaniment

In Cebu, hundreds of residents went to the 10,000 Roses Cafe in Cordova town to catch a glimpse of the super blue blood moon.

 

The PAGASA station in Mactan Island announced clear skies in Metro Cebu for Wednesday night.

The cafe is famous for the 10,000 artificial white LED roses planted at the shoreline of the town that light up every night.

Restaurants near the cafe were also filled with people having dinner while waiting for the lunar event to occur.

Time of prayer

In Zamboanga, around 200 Muslims gathered at the Al-Husna building along the RT Lim Boulevard to pray during the super blue blood moon.

The ceremony was upon the invitation of the Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula to encourage Muslims to relive the forgotten sunnah on eclipse prayer or the "Pag Sambahayang Lahu."

The one-hour prayer, which started at 9 p.m., was followed by a lecture by religious leaders on the rare lunar phenomenon.

A moon-gazing ceremony was held before and after the prayer, although partly cloudy skies in the city prevented people from witnessing the entire eclipse.

Stringers Dale Israel and Liza Jocson contributed to this story.