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Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe

The longest "blood moon" eclipse this century on Friday, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to treat sky gazers across the globe to 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. 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.

Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
The 'Blood moon' total lunar eclipse, is the longest of the 21st century.
Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
During the total lunar eclipse in the sky of Dubai on July 27, 2018. The longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century began on July 27, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle. Unlike with a solar eclipse, viewers will need no protective eye gear to observe the rare display.
Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
During the total lunar eclipse, above the Lebanese town of Tannourine in the mountains north of Beirut. The longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century began on July 27, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle. Unlike with a solar eclipse, viewers will need no protective eye gear to observe the rare display.
Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
A view of the moon during the total lunar eclipse, in Najaf. The longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century began on July 27, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle. Unlike with a solar eclipse, viewers will need no protective eye gear to observe the rare display.
Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
The full moon during a 'blood moon' eclipse as seen from the eastern Turkey city of Tunceli on July 27, 2018. The longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century began on July 27, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle.
Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
Shows the moon during the total lunar eclipse, also known as the 'blood moon', taken as it passes through derorative tree branches in Kuwait City. The longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century began on July 27, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle. Unlike with a solar eclipse, viewers will need no protective eye gear to observe the rare display.
Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
The full moon during a 'blood moon' eclipse as seen from Cairo on July 27, 2018. The longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century began on July 27, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle.
Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
During the total lunar eclipse in the sky of Gaza City on July 27, 2018. The longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century began on July 27, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle. Unlike with a solar eclipse, viewers will need no protective eye gear to observe the rare display.
Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
The full moon rises behind a youth hostel during a 'blood moon' eclipse over Bernkastel-Kues, western Germany, on July 27, 2018. The longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century began on July 27, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle.
Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
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. 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.
Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
A combo of six pictures shows a 'blood moon' total lunar eclipse in Bishkek late on July 27, 2018. The longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century began on July 27, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle.
Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
The moon enters the earth's shadow to begin a partial lunar eclipse prior to a total lunar eclipse, next to Sydney tower on July 27, 2018.
Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
The full moon during a 'blood moon' eclipse over the temple of Apollo in Corinth on July 27, 2018. - The longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century began on July 27, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle.
Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
The full moon during a 'blood moon' eclipse as seen from Skopje on July 27, 2018. The longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century began on July 27, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle.
Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
View of the 'blood moon' eclipse near Roskilde in Denmark, on July 27, 2018.
Gallery: Century's longest 'blood moon' lunar eclipse dazzled sky gazers across the globe
The Lunar eclipse can be seen on July 28, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. Stargazers viewed Friday's total lunar eclipse, which was the longest blood moon visible this century, until 2123.