A plane flies over the full moon as it sets over Santa Monica on May 26.
A full moon, super moon, and total lunar eclipse occurred on the same day Wednesday – a rare lunar trifecta.
A “supermoon” is when a full moon is at its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit. The full moon in May is sometimes known as the “moon of flowers” in traditional folklore, as it is usually at a time of year when spring flowers emerge.
And because lunar eclipses are sometimes referred to as “blood moons” as the moon darkens and turns dull red as it passes through Earth’s shadow, Wednesday’s sky-viewing event is called a “Super flower blood moon”.