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People look at a "blood moon" eclipse in Oloika town in Magadi, Kenya. — AFP

In pictures: 'Blood moon' across the globe

Astronomers and stargazers across the world were mesmerised by the longest blood moon eclipse on Friday night.
Published Jul 28, 2018 05:47pm

Astronomers and stargazers across the world were mesmerised by the longest blood moon eclipse on Friday night, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years in a thrilling celestial spectacle.

The period of total eclipse, when earth's shadow covered the moon and it is at its reddest, lasted one hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, making it the longest viewable lunar eclipse of the century. The celestial show is the result of the sun, Earth, and Moon lining up perfectly for a lunar eclipse just as the Moon is near its closest orbit point to Earth, making it appear "super" large.

A full moon can be seen during a 'blood moon' eclipse beside the Golden temple in Amritsar. — AFP
A full moon can be seen during a 'blood moon' eclipse beside the Golden temple in Amritsar. — AFP

A fishermen boat crosses the reflection of the moonlight during the moon eclipse in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. — AFP
A fishermen boat crosses the reflection of the moonlight during the moon eclipse in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. — AFP

A man looks at the moon eclipse through a telescope over Copacabana Fortress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. — AFP
A man looks at the moon eclipse through a telescope over Copacabana Fortress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. — AFP

View of the full moon during the "blood moon" next to the ancient Greek goddess Irine holding a child symbolising peace and justice in central Athens. — AFP
View of the full moon during the "blood moon" next to the ancient Greek goddess Irine holding a child symbolising peace and justice in central Athens. — AFP

This combination of 14 pictures put together in photoshop and taken on July 27, 2018 shows the moon during a total lunar eclipse near to La Puente town, canary Spanish island of Tenerife. — AFP
This combination of 14 pictures put together in photoshop and taken on July 27, 2018 shows the moon during a total lunar eclipse near to La Puente town, canary Spanish island of Tenerife. — AFP

A man looks through a telescope at a "blood moon" eclipse in Oloika town in Magadi, Kenya. — AFP
A man looks through a telescope at a "blood moon" eclipse in Oloika town in Magadi, Kenya. — AFP

Men take pictures of the moon eclipse at Copacabana Fortress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. — AFP
Men take pictures of the moon eclipse at Copacabana Fortress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. — AFP

This picture shows the full moon during a "blood moon" eclipse as seen from Dhaka, Bangladesh. — AFP
This picture shows the full moon during a "blood moon" eclipse as seen from Dhaka, Bangladesh. — AFP

A "blood moon" eclipse is seen over the roof of the Chambord Castle in Chambord, France. — AFP
A "blood moon" eclipse is seen over the roof of the Chambord Castle in Chambord, France. — AFP

View of the "blood moon" during the lunar eclipse in Yozgat, Turkey. — AFP
View of the "blood moon" during the lunar eclipse in Yozgat, Turkey. — AFP

The moon during the total lunar eclipse, also known as the "blood moon", taken as it passes through decorative lights in Kuwait City. — AFP
The moon during the total lunar eclipse, also known as the "blood moon", taken as it passes through decorative lights in Kuwait City. — AFP

Picture shows the moon during the total lunar eclipse, also known as the "blood moon", taken as it passes by Kuwait Towers in Kuwait City. — AFP
Picture shows the moon during the total lunar eclipse, also known as the "blood moon", taken as it passes by Kuwait Towers in Kuwait City. — AFP

A picture taken early on July 28, 2018, shows the moon during the total lunar eclipse, also known as the "blood moon", taken as it passes over an Armenian Apostolic Church cathedral in Yerevan. — AFP
A picture taken early on July 28, 2018, shows the moon during the total lunar eclipse, also known as the "blood moon", taken as it passes over an Armenian Apostolic Church cathedral in Yerevan. — AFP

View of a moon eclipse over the Sugar Loaf mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 27, 2018. — AFP
View of a moon eclipse over the Sugar Loaf mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 27, 2018. — AFP

A "blood moon" eclipse is pictured with a sculpture by the American artist Jonathan Borofsky "Woman walking to the sky" in Strasbourg, eastern France. — AFP
A "blood moon" eclipse is pictured with a sculpture by the American artist Jonathan Borofsky "Woman walking to the sky" in Strasbourg, eastern France. — AFP

People watch the blood moon rising at Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. — AP
People watch the blood moon rising at Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. — AP

The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Dresden, Germany. — AP
The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Dresden, Germany. — AP

A full moon sets over Petronas Twin Tower during a complete lunar eclipse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. — AP
A full moon sets over Petronas Twin Tower during a complete lunar eclipse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. — AP