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.
Cloud begins to obscure the moon over Sydney during a lunar eclipse Saturday, July 28, 2018. (AP)
This picture shows the moon during the total lunar eclipse in the sky of Dubai on July 27, 2018. (AFP)
The moon during the total lunar eclipse in the sky of Gaza City on July 27, 2018. (Reuters)
According to scientists, this eclipse is the longest in the current century. The moon will go through three stages, a partial eclipse, then a total, then a partial one again.
But what distinguishes this astronomical phenomenon is that it will last for about four hours, while the blood moon phase is an hour and 43 minutes.
A “Super Blue Blood Moon” rises during the lunar eclipse over Cairo, Egypt, on July 27, 2018. (Reuters)
A full moon rises next to the Colosseum during a complete lunar eclipse, in Rome, Friday, July 27, 2018. (AP)
North America missed out on Friday's lunar eclipse but can look forward to the next one on Jan. 21, 2019, according to NASA.