Moon eclipse: Blood Moon pictured from space in stunning images

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Incredibly, the Moon was entirely in Earth's shadow (totality), turning it a dark blood red, for a full 1 hour and 43 minutes.

As it rises, during this total eclipse, Earth's natural satellite will turn a striking shade of red or ruddy brown. This month, Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2003.

Various Bible passages are cited to back this up, including one in the Book of Joel saying, 'The sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and bad day of the Lord comes'.

A rare alignment of Sun, Earth, Moon and Mars-began in one line and thus you could observe a lunar Eclipse and opposition of Mars.

People gathered at 8am on Saturday to watch a rare celestial event known as a selenelion - where an eclipsed moon and the sun can be seen in the sky at the same moment.

"On July 27, a total lunar eclipse will be visible in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America", NASA said.

The moon also plotted a fairly long path across the Earth's disk-shaped shadow.

The total lunar eclipse will be the longest one so far this century, with the next eclipse of a similar length only due in 2123.

Although the lunar eclipse is expected to last 103 minutes, observers in the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be able to catch the start as the moon will still be below the horizon.

The planet is expected to be visible as a bright red star. But you might be able to get a good view of Mars.

"It really was more of a public relations or public affairs kind of thing than it was anything else because you know the moon's color in eclipses can range anywhere from a tan or coppery color actually", Pitts said. When it does, the moon will turn a burnt orange color, as it did during January's Super Blue Blood Moon. If in case you are in a metropolitan city, it may be even more hard to watch the phenomenon due to pollution.

You probably already heard it on TV or through your Alexa news brief, but today's lunar eclipse is a big deal.

Lunar eclipses occur up to three times a year, so if you miss Friday's week's sky show, there will be other opportunities in the future. One can see the partial eclipse in India starting 11:44 pm IST followed by the total lunar eclipse at 1am.

Where skies are clear of cloud, the spectacle will be visible nearly everywhere around the world, with the exception of North America.