PHOTOS: Super blue blood moon dazzles SoCal sky-gazers

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image kabc"><span>KABC</span></div><span class="caption-text">The super blue blood moon sets near the Hollywood sign on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (KABC)</span></div>
The super blue blood moon dazzled sky-gazers across Southern California on Wednesday. Check out photos of the rare celestial trifecta!

The rare event is a super moon, a blue moon and a blood moon all wrapped into one, ending with a total eclipse.

It's considered a blue moon because it is the second full moon of a month. It's also a super moon, which is when the full moon appears larger and brighter to the naked eye.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when a full moon passes into Earth's shadow, making the moon appear red -- hence the nickname blood moon.

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Most days the moon is nearly 238,855 miles from Earth, but during the super moon it will be approximately 223,068 miles away, according to NASA. During a super moon, the moon can appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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