A RARE super blue moon shone over Winchester, treating stargazers to a phenomenon that will only happen once this year.

The moon appeared bigger and brighter throughout the night of Wednesday, August 30.

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Hampshire Chronicle: Super blue moon over Oliver's BatterySuper blue moon over Oliver's Battery (Image: Jan Murray)

Unlike its name suggests, a blue moon is not named after the colour and instead refers to the second full moon in one calendar month.

Most months only have one full moon, so a second is quite a rare event, occurring approximately once every two or three years.

Chronicle reader Jan Murray captured the spectacle over Oliver’s Battery in Winchester.

Click on the gallery at the top of the page to see her images.