8 Stunning Photos of 2018's Super Blue Blood Moon

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NICOLAS ASFOURI, AFP/Getty Images

Astronomy fans may not have had the chance to see this morning's rare super blue blood moon if they were stuck with bad weather, in the wrong location (in the U.S. it was viewable only in Alaska, Hawaii, and on the West Coast), or catching some much-needed Zs. If you also missed NASA's livestream, check out these photos of the celestial event from around the world.

The 'super blue blood moon' is seen over Los Angeles, California, on January 31, 2018.
The "super blue blood moon" is seen over Los Angeles, California, on January 31, 2018.
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The Moon rises over a salt evaporation project on Bristol Dry Lake
The Moon rises over a salt evaporation project on Bristol Dry Lake in California.
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A plane flies passing the moon over Los Angeles, California, on January 31, 2018.
A plane flies passing the moon over Los Angeles, California, on January 31, 2018.
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The moon sets behind the city of Jerusalem early on January 31, 2018.
The moon sets behind the city of Jerusalem early on January 31, 2018.
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A person poses for a photo as the moon rises over Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California, on January 30, 2018.
A person poses for a photo as the moon rises over Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California, on January 30, 2018.
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The moon sets behind the city of Jerusalem early on January 31, 2018.
The moon sets behind the city of Jerusalem early on January 31, 2018.
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The moon shows its crown during a lunar eclipse referred to as the "super blue blood moon," in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 31, 2018.
The moon shows its crown during a lunar eclipse referred to as the "super blue blood moon," in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 31, 2018.
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The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse referred to as the "super blue blood moon," in Kolkata on January 31, 2018.
The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse referred to as the "super blue blood moon," in Kolkata, India, on January 31, 2018.
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This Outdoor Lantern Will Keep Mosquitoes Away—No Bug Spray Necessary

Thermacell, Amazon
Thermacell, Amazon

With summer comes outdoor activities, and with those activities come mosquito bites. If you're one of the unlucky people who seem to attract the insects, you may be tempted to lock yourself inside for the rest of the season. But you don't have to choose between comfort and having a cocktail on the porch, because this lamp from Thermacell ($25) keeps outdoor spaces mosquito-free without the mess of bug spray.

The device looks like an ordinary lantern you would display on a patio, but it works like bug repellent. When it's turned on, a fuel cartridge in the center provides the heat needed to activate a repellent mat on top of the lamp. Once activated, the repellent in the mat creates a 15-by-15-foot bubble of protection that repels any mosquitos nearby, making it a great option for camping trips, days by the pool, and backyard barbecues.

Mosquito repellent lantern.

Unlike some other mosquito repellents, this lantern is clean, safe, and scent-free. It also provides light like a real lamp, so you can keep pests away without ruining your backyard's ambience.

The Thermacell mosquito repellent lantern is now available on Amazon. If you've already suffered your first mosquito bites of the summer, here's some insight into why that itch can be so excruciating.

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NASA Names Washington, D.C., Headquarters After ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary Jackson

Mary W. Jackson at NASA in 1980.
Mary W. Jackson at NASA in 1980.
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In the past, NASA’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C., was simply known as “NASA Headquarters” or “Two Independence Square” (the name of that particular piece of real estate). This week, the agency officially named it the “Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters,” after NASA’s first Black female engineer.

Jackson worked as a math teacher and U.S. Army Secretary before NASA—called the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at the time—recruited her as a research mathematician for its segregated West Area Computing Unit in 1951. After completing a training program in 1958 (which she needed special permission to attend, since it took place at a whites-only high school), she was promoted to engineer.

In the following decades, Jackson studied wind tunnels and air behavior around aircraft, and she was also instrumental in helping the U.S. pull forward in the Space Race of the 1960s. But Jackson’s legacy goes beyond her own engineering efforts: Between 1979 and 1985, she participated in the Federal Women’s Program at NASA’s Langley Research Center, where she advocated for the hiring and promotion of more female scientists.

mary jackson with young female scientists in 1983
Jackson with a group of young scientists and mathematicians in 1983.

“Mary W. Jackson was part of a group of very important women who helped NASA succeed in getting American astronauts into space,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a press release. “Mary never accepted the status quo; she helped break barriers and open opportunities for African Americans and women in the field of engineering and technology.”

Jackson died in 2005, and her story was largely unknown until the release of Margot Lee Shetterly’s 2016 book Hidden Figures and subsequent film of the same name, which chronicled the contributions of Jackson and her colleagues Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Christine Darden. In 2019, Congress passed a bipartisan bill to rename the part of E Street SW where NASA’s headquarters is located to Hidden Figures Way, and the women were also awarded Congressional Gold Medals.

NASA headquarters
The Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“We are honored that NASA continues to celebrate the legacy of our mother and grandmother Mary W. Jackson,” Jackson’s daughter Carolyn Lewis said in the press release. “She was a scientist, humanitarian, wife, mother, and trailblazer who paved the way for thousands of others to succeed, not only at NASA, but throughout this nation.”