Eclipse 2018 in pictures: Best photos of the Blood Moon

Eclipse 2018 in pictures: Best photos of the Blood Moon

Eclipse 2018 in pictures: Best photos of the Blood Moon

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century took place over the weekend, and Dubai was among one of the top spots in the world to watch it.

Usually, lunar eclipses only last around one hour.

At the same time, Mars will hover near the moon in the night sky, easily visible to the naked eye. However, July 27th blood moon eclipse could not be seen in North and Central America.

For Logan Govender, spokesperson for the Durban Astronomical Society, the eclipse would intrigue budding astronomers.

The penumbral eclipse (the lighter, outer part of the Earth's shadow (penumbra) moved across the Moon) began at 1.14am with the maximum eclipse (mid-point of totality) at 4.21am and the penumbral eclipse (the penumbra moved away from the Moon) ended at 7.28am.

Earlier, on Friday night, about 200 people from the ASV gathered at Braeside Park and watched Mars through 20 telescopes as it sat close to the moon. "The skies have cleared, there's no clouds and it's managed to give us an excellent view of the moon as it went slowly from fully lit orb to dusty coppery ball".

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Our neighboring planet will appear unusually large and bright, a mere 57.7 million km from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun. Here we've assembled some of the best photos of the 2018 blood moon posted online. - 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.

Reuters charted the eclipse from across the world, capturing a shimmering orange and red moon above Cairo, the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, near Athens, the Bavarian village of Raisting in Germany, Rio beach in Brazil and Johannesburg.

We live in a very handsome part of the Universe.

The next such lunar eclipse won't be until 2123. As for whether you can actually see the blood moon, that's another story.

The longest lunar eclipse this century sent the moon behind the shadow of the Earth, turning it a deep crimson for people in Britain, Europe, Asia, Africa, parts of Australasia and South America to see.

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