Longest "blood moon" eclipse this century dazzles skygazers

Curiosity and awe have greeted a complete lunar eclipse, the longest one of this century and visible in much of the world.

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.

The total eclipse lasted 1 hour and 43 minutes, with the entire event lasting closer to four hours. (AP)

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<p>This combination of 14 pictures put together in Photoshop and taken on July 27, 2018, shows the moon during a total lunar eclipse near La Puente, on the island of Tenerife. (Photo: Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Tenerife, Canary Islands

This combination of 14 pictures put together in Photoshop and taken on July 27, 2018, shows the moon during a total lunar eclipse near La Puente, on the island of Tenerife. (Photo: Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>This picture shows the full moon during a “blood moon” eclipse as seen from the town of Kazanlak, some 100 km northwest of Plovdiv, on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Kazanlak, Bulgaria

This picture shows the full moon during a “blood moon” eclipse as seen from the town of Kazanlak, some 100 km northwest of Plovdiv, on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A blood moon rises at Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP) </p>
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A blood moon rises at Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

<p>A full moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon before a lunar eclipse in Cape Sounion, near Athens, Greece, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters) </p>
Cape Sounion, near Athens, Greece

A full moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon before a lunar eclipse in Cape Sounion, near Athens, Greece, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

<p>A blood moon rises over Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Ariel Schalit/AP) </p>
Tel Aviv, Israel

A blood moon rises over Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Ariel Schalit/AP)

<p>The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse, behind the Saentis in Luzern, Switzerland, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Christian Merz/Keystone via AP) </p>
Luzern, Switzerland

The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse, behind the Saentis in Luzern, Switzerland, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Christian Merz/Keystone via AP)

<p>Indonesian children look at the blood moon while waiting for a lunar eclipse at Salman Astro Camp in Bandung, Indonesia, July 28, 2018. (Photo: Antara Foto/Raisan Al Farisi via Reuters) </p>
Bandung, Indonesia

Indonesian children look at the blood moon while waiting for a lunar eclipse at Salman Astro Camp in Bandung, Indonesia, July 28, 2018. (Photo: Antara Foto/Raisan Al Farisi via Reuters)

<p>The full moon can be seen behind the landmark “Tiger and Turtle” sculpture and walkway during a “blood moon” eclipse over Duisburg, western Germany, on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Christoph Reichwein/ dpa /AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Duisburg, Germany

The full moon can be seen behind the landmark “Tiger and Turtle” sculpture and walkway during a “blood moon” eclipse over Duisburg, western Germany, on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Christoph Reichwein/ dpa /AFP/Getty Images)

<p>The full moon rises behind silhouettes of people prior to the totally phase of Century’s longest ”Blood Moon” eclipse in Van, Turkey on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Van, Turkey

The full moon rises behind silhouettes of people prior to the totally phase of Century’s longest ”Blood Moon” eclipse in Van, Turkey on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>The lunar eclipse is shown on a screen at the Al Thuraya Astronomy Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Kamran Jebreili/AP) </p>
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The lunar eclipse is shown on a screen at the Al Thuraya Astronomy Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Kamran Jebreili/AP)

<p>A “Blood Moon” is seen during a lunar eclipse over Jerusalem, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters) </p>
Jerusalem, Israel

A “Blood Moon” is seen during a lunar eclipse over Jerusalem, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters)

<p>A bed of flowers in front the full moon during the total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Administered Kashmir. (Photo: awar Nazir/ Getty Images) </p>
Srinagar, Kashmir

A bed of flowers in front the full moon during the total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Administered Kashmir. (Photo: awar Nazir/ Getty Images)

<p>View of a moon eclipse over the Sugar Loaf mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Carl de Souza/AFPGetty Images) </p>
Rio de Janeiro, Brazi

View of a moon eclipse over the Sugar Loaf mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Carl de Souza/AFPGetty Images)

<p>People look at a “blood moon” eclipse in Oloika town in Magadi, Kenya, on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Oloika town, Magadi, Kenya

People look at a “blood moon” eclipse in Oloika town in Magadi, Kenya, on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A “blood moon” eclipse is pictured with a sculpture by the American artist Jonathan Borofsky “Woman walking to the sky” on July 27, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France. (Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Strasbourg, France

A “blood moon” eclipse is pictured with a sculpture by the American artist Jonathan Borofsky “Woman walking to the sky” on July 27, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France. (Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Residents look at Mars alongside the lunar eclipse in Padang, Sumatra island, Indonesia, July 28, 2018. (Photo: Antara Foto/Iggoy el Fitra/via Reuters) </p>
Padang, Sumatra island, Indonesia

Residents look at Mars alongside the lunar eclipse in Padang, Sumatra island, Indonesia, July 28, 2018. (Photo: Antara Foto/Iggoy el Fitra/via Reuters)

<p>A blood moon rises next to the statue of Nike, the goddess of victory, during a complete lunar eclipse in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Alik Keplicz/AP) </p>
Warsaw, Poland

A blood moon rises next to the statue of Nike, the goddess of victory, during a complete lunar eclipse in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Alik Keplicz/AP)

<p>A blood moon over the Qolsarif Mosque in Kazan, Russia on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Yegor Aleyev/TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Kazan, Russia

A blood moon over the Qolsarif Mosque in Kazan, Russia on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Yegor Aleyev/TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A picture shows the full moon during a “blood moon” eclipse beside a statue of ancient Greek goddess Hera (R) and god Apollo in central Athens on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Athens, Greece

A picture shows the full moon during a “blood moon” eclipse beside a statue of ancient Greek goddess Hera (R) and god Apollo in central Athens on July 27, 2018. (Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>The blades from a wind turbine are silhouetted against the moon in the sky in Novogrudok, Belarus, during a total lunar eclipse on Saturday, July 28, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Grits/AP) </p>
Novogrudok, Belarus

The blades from a wind turbine are silhouetted against the moon in the sky in Novogrudok, Belarus, during a total lunar eclipse on Saturday, July 28, 2018. (Photo: Sergei Grits/AP)

<p>People wait for the lunar eclipse at Amman Citadel in Jordan, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters) </p>
Amman Citadel in Jordan

People wait for the lunar eclipse at Amman Citadel in Jordan, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters)

<p>A lunar eclipse of a full “Blood Moon” rises behind the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Christopher Pike/Reuters) </p>
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A lunar eclipse of a full “Blood Moon” rises behind the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Christopher Pike/Reuters)

<p>People in a field watch a blood moon in the sky over the skyline of Frankfurt, Germany, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters) </p>
Frankfurt, Germany

People in a field watch a blood moon in the sky over the skyline of Frankfurt, Germany, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

<p>A bride poses for photo during a total lunar eclipse from in Brasilia, Brazil, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) </p>
Brasilia, Brazil

A bride poses for photo during a total lunar eclipse from in Brasilia, Brazil, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

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