In pictures: Super blue Moon lights up skies in the south

A spectacular blue super Moon has been lighting up skies across the south.

Unlike the name suggests - it's nothing to do with the Moon's colour - but the rarity of a second full moon in one calendar month.

It's also a super moon, which happens when the Moon is not only full but is also at its closest to Earth, making it look much larger and brighter in the sky.

The moon, the biggest and brightest of this year, will also be visible on Thursday. It is expected to rise above the horizon shortly after sunset at around 20:00 BST and then set at around 06:00.

The next time the combination of a blue Moon and super Moon will happen is 2037.

BBC Weather Watchers captured the event in the skies above the region.

All pictures subject to copyright

Follow BBC South on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Send your story ideas to