Blood moon: World gazes at longest total lunar eclipse of the century in awe

Published: 28th July 2018 07:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th July 2018 12:27 PM  

A full moon rises behind the ancient temple of Poseidon in cape Sounio, about 65 kilometers (40miles) south of Athens, Friday, July 27, 2018. | AP
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A blood moon rises over Marseille, southern France, Friday, July 27, 2018. Curiosity and awe have greeted a complete lunar eclipse, the longest one of this century. (Photo | AP)
The total eclipse lasted 1 hour and 43 minutes, with the entire event lasting closer to four hours. | AP
A View of longest lunar eclipse from Kozhokode. But later the clouds covered the sky disappointing many who were awake to see the Blood Moon . (Express Photo | Manu R Mavelil)
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The lunar eclipse is shown on a screen at the Al Thuraya Astronomy Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, July 27, 2018. | AP
The so-called 'blood moon,' when it turns a deep red, was visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America when the sun, Earth and moon lined up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon. | AP
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The moon rises past the Colosseum during a complete lunar eclipse, in Rome, Friday, July 27, 2018. | AP
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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. (Photo | EPS/Ravindra babu)
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The moon travels to a similar position every month, but the tilt of its orbit means it normally passes above or below the Earth's shadow - so most months we have a full moon without an eclipse. (Photo | EPS/Vinay Madapu)
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Longest Lunar eclipse of the year, seen in Hyderabad. (Photo | EPS/R Satish Babu)
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'The reason that the moon turns red is because atmospheric scattering causes red light to pass through the atmosphere and the composition of the atmosphere can change if volcanic eruptions or forest fires occur,' said Tom Kerss, an astronomer with the Royal Observatory Greenwich. (Photo | Albin Mathew)
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In a special treat, Mars is also at its closest approach to Earth this week since 2003, making it appear bigger and brighter. (Photo | EPS/Karthikalagu)
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A blood moon rises over Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 27, 2018. Skywatchers around much of the world are looking forward to a complete lunar eclipse that will be the longest this century. | AP
The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Dresden, Germany, Friday, July 27, 2018. Skywatchers around much of the world are looking forward to a complete lunar eclipse that will be the longest this century. | AP
Across Africa people turned to the sky, watching the reddish shadow slide up the moon's surface. Image: A blood moon is seem with Mars on the bottom right (white dot), in Nairobi, Friday, July 27, 2018. | AP
Bloodmoon view at Palayam in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram on July 27, 2018. (Photo | EPS/Vincent Pulickal)
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A crowd watching the lunar eclipse in Kerala's Thevara. They have the phones on and had made the phenomenon a celebration. (Photo | Express Photo /Albin Mathew)
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In Somalia, some hurried to mosques for special prayers. In South Sudan, some dared to take photos in a war-torn country where using a camera in public is discouraged. Image: A blood moon rises over Turkish capital Ankara, Turkey, late Friday, July 27, 2018. | AP
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The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, July 27, 2018. | AP
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The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, July 27, 2018. | AP
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