At moon rise yesterday evening, people across Israel took to the streets to enjoy a rare super blue blood moon, an event that hasn’t been seen by much of the world for more than 150 years.

A ‘super blue blood moon’ is the result of a blue moon – the second full moon in a calendar month – occurring at the same time as a super moon, when the moon is at perigee and about 14 per cent brighter than usual.

It also combines with a blood moon – the moment during a lunar eclipse when the moon, which is in the Earth’s shadow, takes on a reddish hue.

The moon rises over Jerusalem on January 31. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90