Thousands of people across Chile and the Americas watched the year's first total lunar eclipse – a phenomena known as the Super Flower Blood Moon – on Sunday night.

The celestial phenomenon began with a normal eclipse, with the moon partially obscured, until at around 11.30 pm and in a matter of minutes, it took on an orange-red hue.

The event occurred due to the complete alignment of the Sun, the Moon and the Earth, astrophysicist and academic of the University of Talca's Faculty of Engineering, Daniela Olave, told EFE.