Spectators around the world marvel at rare "blood moon" eclipse

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The best views are reserved for people in east Africa.

Totality lasted for an impressive one hour 43 minutes, only four minutes shorter than the longest lunar eclipse possible.

While the eclipse was not visible in North America and those in South America only caught a glimpse of it at moonrise, residents will want to mark their calendars for the next total lunar eclipse, which falls on January 21, 2019. You can tune it at the eclipse timings and watch the entire event without any interruptions.

Along with the Blood Moon, Mars will also be seen shining brighter. - AFP People watch the blood moon rising at Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

As we get ready to witness a total lunar eclipse today (July 27), here's a photo throwback to the rare supermoon total lunar eclipse of September 28, 2015. "It's well worth it".

In India, there are several myths associated with the eclipse.

In a community-led event organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the local astronomy community SingAstro, members of the public were invited to watch the celestial events at Marina South Pier's roof garden throughout the night. However, astronomers have found that hot spots remain on the moon's surface during total eclipses.

He said the moon would begin to enter earth's shadow (known as the penumbra) around 5.15am and would gradually dim until about 6.25am. The atmosphere filters out most of the sun's blue light, so the moon looks red.

A full moon can be seen during a "blood moon" eclipse beside the Golden temple in Amritsar.

This is not the first time a so-called blood moon has attracted prophecies of doom - not by a long shot.

Our red moon will have some company Friday, when Mars is the closest to Earth that it's been in 15 years. Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse, referred to as Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahan respectively, hold special significance in the Hindu calendar.

For thousands of years, man has looked to the heavens for omens of doom, victory and joy.

A blood moon lunar eclipse is seen near Roskilde, Denmark. In a famous passage in the Book of Joel in the Hebrew Bible, it warns that "the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and bad day of the Lord comes".

"The blood moon is definitely a prophetic sign [of the end times]", one prominent YouTube preacher (whom Live Science prefers not to name) said in a recent video.

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