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Once in a blue moon

  • Andi Hajramuni, Apriadi Gunawan, Arya Dipa & Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 1 2018   /  12:03 am

Celestial trifecta: Photos taken on Wednesday night show several phases of the Moon (clockwise, from top left) in a rare celestial phenomenon called a “super blue blood moon,” which happened for the first time in over 150 years.As they witnessed a rare celestial phenomenon, which last occurred 152 years ago, people in Indonesia had no problems blending science, religion and folk beliefs that have existed in local cultures for centuries.

On Wednesday evening the Sun, Earth and Moon lined up perfectly for a lunar eclipse just as the Moon was nearest its closest orbit point to Earth to create a phenomenon called a “super blue blood moon,” stargazers in many cities prepared their telescopes to witness the show as had been forecast by astronomers, and once it was over they gathered to perform religious rituals.

In Makassar, South Sulawesi, students of the Math and Natur...