The moon had a once in a generation night last night, as a Supermoon coincided with a Blood Moon and lit up the sky in a dramatic, bright red. And while it has led to some stunning photos, social networks have also been flooded with some pretty terrible ones, too.
Though the Supermoon Blood Moon was easier to photograph than many astrological events — since it lasted for much longer and didn’t require any special kit — taking a good picture was still difficult. In particular, attempting to get a shot of it from a mobile phone was nearly impossible — though the moon was big, it was still fairly small relative to most things, and phone’s lack of a decent zoom meant that it was quite small.
As pointed out in a tweet from social media site 9gag, many had hoped to capture stunning pictures of the nights events. And many failed.
The tweet prompted a range of replies from people who had tried do the same thing — and ended up with their own mostly black pictures, with a tiny reddish dot in the centre.
As we advised, the best way to take a photo of the moon with a phone or any other camera was to set it in its context — taking pictures of it against an exciting backdrop, rather than just in isolation. That means that you can genuinely see the size of the moon and don't have to zoom in, as well as getting a more unique photo.
In pictures: Super Blood Moon
In pictures: Super Blood Moon
The supermoon rises behind Glastonbury Tor in Somerset, England
The super moon rises above Brighton, England
A full moon silhouettes television and radio antennas on Boutilier Mountain, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
A super moon rises in the sky near the Eiffel tower as seen from Suresnes, Western Paris, France
A flock of birds fly by as a perigee moon, also known as a super moon, rises in Mir, Belarus, 95 kilometers (60 miles) west of capital Minsk, Belarus
A supermoon rises over a minaret of a mosque in Wadi El-Rayan Lake at the desert of Al Fayoum Governorate, south west of Cairo, Egypt
The moon rises through the mist of the north east coast ahead of a lunar eclipse
A partially eclipsed supermoon, the last of this year's supermoons, rises over Las Vegas, Nevada
The supermoon is seen in Bogota, Colombia
The supermoon, prior the beginning of a total lunar eclipse, in Bogota, Colombia
A perigee full moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse behind The Colorado State Capitol building in Denver, Colorado
A supermoon, is seen next to the Empire State Building in New York City
A blood moon rises behind a hilltop residence in Solana Beach, California
The moon appears behind the monument at the San Nicolas church in Cali, Colombia
The moon enters the maximum eclipse in Glastonbury, England
A swollen 'supermoon' bathed in the blood-red light of a total eclipse is seen in Strasbourg, eastern France, early on September 28, 2015
The Super Blood Moon rises over a sailboat in Boston Harbor on September 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts
The moon turns red during a total eclipse, seen behind the iconic Liver Bird on the Liver Building in Liverpool, north west England, early on September 28, 2015
Rising over the Lower Fox Creek School near Strong City, Kan
The Supermoon above the Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica in Marseille
You can see more good photos of the Supermoon in our round-up of the best pictures from around the world.Reuse content