Blood Moon, longest lunar eclipse of the century in photos

Blood Moon, longest lunar eclipse of the century in photos

Parts of Europe, Eastern Africa, Australia, and South America will see different phases of the eclipse, but will miss out on parts of the penumbral, partial, or total phases.

The total eclipse lasted one hour and 43 minutes, with the entire event lasting closer to four hours.

The moon started turning red about 4:30am AEST Saturday morning. You don't need a telescope to watch a total lunar eclipse, at least NASA believes that. In South Sudan, some dared to take photos in a war-torn country where using a camera in public is discouraged.

According to some Hindu beliefs, celestial bodies such as the sun and moon emit negative energy during an eclipse and so some temples in India were closed to minimise any disturbance.

Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Basilica is backdropped by a super blue blood moon.

The eclipse will turn the light color of the moon to deep red.

Mr Ubachukwu observed that a lunar eclipse could occur only on the night of a full moon.

Over the coming days, Mars will be at its closest point to Earth since 2003 - visible as a "bright red star" where skies are clear.

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"It's the first time we've welcomed so many people - we were victims of our own success, but in a nice way", said Sabine André, president of the amateur astronomer's organisation of La Côte (Astrac).

Here in North America, however, we will get a great look at Mars at its opposition, meaning when the Earth is directly between Mars and the sun. Some light, though, will still reach it because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere.

The moon will begin to move into the penumbra - the fuzzy outer edge of the Earth's shadow - at 17:14 GMT.

Millions of Americans watched the first solar eclipse visible from the US since 1979 last August. During the phenomenon, the moon appears red as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered through the Earth's atmosphere, hence the term "blood moon".

The moon being eclipsed by the earth's shadow just before it disappeared behind clouds.

But, while there was a spectacular sunrise, the eclipsed moon disappeared behind low cloud at the crucial moment in Christchurch. This means it will be very bright - even brighter than Jupiter.

Andrew Fabian is with the University of Cambridge.

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