The longest “blood moon” eclipse this century dazzled skygazers across the globe, coinciding with Mars’ closest approach in 15 years in a thrilling celestial spectacle.
A total lunar eclipse happens when Earth takes position in a straight line between the moon and sun, blotting out the direct sunlight that normally makes our satellite glow whitish-yellow.
As Earth’s constant companion slowly sailed across the skies, crowds gathered around the world yesterday to catch a glimpse of the rare phenomenon.
A full moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon before a lunar eclipse in Cape Sounion, near Athens. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
A man takes pictures of the “Blood Moon” during a lunar eclipse at the desert of Al Fayoum Governorate, south west of Cairo, Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
The moon is seen near the Illimani mountain during a full lunar eclipse in La Paz, Bolivia. REUTERS/David Mercado
A bride poses for photo during a total lunar eclipse from in Brasilia, Brazil. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
A blood moon lunar eclipse is seen near Roskilde, Denmark. Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERS
The shadow of the earth can be seen covering the full moon as its colour turns red during a total lunar eclipse as seen from Sydney, Australia. REUTERS/David Gray
The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse from Marseille, France. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
A “blood moon” is seen during a partial lunar eclipse in Skopje, Macedonia. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski
The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse over the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate Church in Amman, Jordan. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
A lunar eclipse of a full “Blood Moon” rises behind the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. REUTERS/Christopher Pike
The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse over Martyrs statue in Beirut, Lebanon. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi
A full moon during an eclipse rises behind a power line in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
The moon is seen through two layers of double-glazed glass during the last moments of the lunar eclipse over Kappara, Malta. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
A lunar eclipse of a full “Blood Moon” rises behind the New Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
A “Blood Moon” is seen during a lunar eclipse over Jerusalem. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
The full moon rises during a total eclipse above the Tour de Mayen and Tour d’Ai in the Swiss Alps in this picture taken from Chardonne near Vevey, Switzerland. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
An astronomy enthusiast takes a photo of the lunar eclipse of a blood moon at Marina South Pier in Singapore. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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