'Super moon' total eclipse seen in Japan

People in some parts of Japan have been able to see the Earth's shadow completely cover a so-called super moon.

The eclipse started at around 6:44 p.m. on Wednesday, Japan time. The moon was completely covered by the Earth's shadow for about 19 minutes from around 8:09 p.m. It got out of the shadow at around 9:53 p.m.

This is the first time in three years that a total lunar eclipse has been seen in Japan. The event coincided with a super moon, which occurs when a full moon is at its closest orbital approach to the Earth. A super moon looks 14 percent larger than a full moon when it is at its farthest distance from the Earth.

The astronomical show was viewed in areas that had clear skies, such as northern Japan and the Ogasawara Islands.

The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan says people in the country will be able to see another total lunar eclipse on November 8 next year.