Switzerland catches a glimpse of the century's longest lunar eclipse

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On Friday night, amateur astronomers across Switzerland had the lucky chance to watch the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

Unlike a solar eclipse - where the moon crosses in between the Earth and the sun - it is perfectly safe to look directly at the Blood Moon without sunglasses or protective eyewear.

The total lunar eclipse charmed city's astronomers, stargazers alike as many tried to catch a glimpse of this rare occurrence on Friday night.

The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Dresden, Germany.

But Robert Massey, from the Royal Astronomical Society, reassured the doubters.

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.

While Mars was overhead for people in central Chile, South Africa and Australia, it was low in the southern sky for those who watched in the United States and Europe.

"If that were true, we'd be in big trouble given the gravitational pulls on Earth, Mars, and our moon!" the NASA website stated. "I thought it was very pretty and I liked the planet Mars even more, which you could see right next to the moon", said Talita Oliveira, 34.

"The moon turned a attractive crimson red colour in the west and Mars was just above and left of it, looking a yellow-orange colour", he told ABC News.

Avid astronomers and amateur stargazers the world over were treated to an incredible lunar light show when the moon transformed from its usual bright color to an orb of burned orange and red for almost two hours.

The science experts explain the total lunar eclipse when the earth passes directly between the sun and the moon, making the moon fall into shadow.

The next lunar eclipse of such a length is due in 2123. "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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