How countries across the world witnessed the blood moon lunar eclipse

The Longest Lunar Eclipse of the 21st Century Is Tonight. How to Watch

Skywatchers from around the globe observed the longest total lunar eclipse of the century as the moon turned blood red on Friday night.

The total eclipse will last 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, though a partial eclipse preceded and follows, meaning the moon will spend a total of 3 hours and 54 minutes in the earth's umbral shadow, according to NASA.

Every year, the earth will witness at least four eclipses, as per EarthSky.org, two of which will be solar and two being lunar, so there's no real reason to fear the apocalypse.

Anyone in Western Africa, the Middle East, and much of Eastern Asia will get to see the entire show, from the very beginning of the penumbral eclipse all the way through to the full eclipse and the waning minutes as well.

On July 27 at around 10pm, the red planet Mars will be directly opposite to the Sun and at the same time being at closest distance from the Earth at about 56 million kilometres.

The moon is framed by the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

This is what gives the phenomenon the name "blood moon", though Mark Bailey of the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland said the colour can vary greatly.

Kenyans joined the rest of the world last night to observe the historic moment of the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

The eclipse and the coppery-red hue were made all the most special by Mars being visible in the sky at the same time.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind Earth, so that the Earth blocks the sun's rays from striking the moon. Curious onlookers struggled to get the best shot of the lunar eclipse on their mobile phones.

At 4.30am, as the Earth snuck between the sun and the moon, a shadow began creeping across its satellite.

On Primrose Hill, north London, would-be-moon admirers broke into a rendition of "Total eclipse of the heart" to lift the soggy mood.

"During a very dark eclipse the moon may be nearly invisible". In fact, this phenomenon of the moon appearing small is called micro moon.

Thousands of Australians rose in the pre-dawn twilight, braving the winter chill on Saturday to marvel at a spectacular celestial display - a glowing red moon and a shimmering Mars.

Young people watched the eclipse through a telescope beside Lake Magadi in Kenya. This is what makes it appear so brightly in our sky, beginning early Friday morning.

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