Skywatchers thrilled by lunar eclipse

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Lunar eclipse begins when the Moon begins to pass into Earth's shadow, gradually growing dimmer.

Rio de Janeiro's spectators cheered when the blood moon emerged from the fog.

Devotees of the Blood Moon Prophecy predicted that the world would end on September 28, 2015 (obviously, it didn't happen). That means the planet and the sun will be on exact opposite sides of the Earth and will shine its best.

Excited skywatchers on social media shared photos of the bright planet just to the right of the moon.

Total Lunar Eclipse of July 27, 2018. The Moon goes reddish in colour during the total lunar eclipse as it fails to receive any of the direct sunlight and hence reflects the colours thrown out by the Earth's atmosphere.

How to photograph a blood moon? He believes this particular astronomical event was foretold by the Book of Revelation, Book of Acts and Book of Joel in the Bible. Instead his interpretation of the Blood Moon is a precursor to the apocalypse. Some light, though, will still reach it because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere.

On Tuesday, July 31, Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in 15 years, according to NASA. Picture: Michael GrayA composite photograph showing the various phases of the moon during a lunar eclipse in Sydney.

The next lunar eclipse of such length will happen in 2123.

What is the blood moon prophecy?

A blood moon rises over Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 27, 2018. But since it won't be visible in North America, how do you get a glimpse of this history-making event on high?

The best views - weather permitting - could be across Eastern Europe, Central and East Africa and South East Asia, from where the entire eclipse will be visible.

People waiting to watch the eclipse on the sand dunes in north New Brighton, Christchurch.

Disappointed eclipse watchers on the sand dunes in Christchurch.

It will not be visible in the US.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: "It's quite tricky at the moment to be precise but there is a potential for showers to develop across the eastern half of the UK".

"The moon is not always in ideal alignment with the sun and the Earth, so that is why we do not get a lunar eclipse every lunar cycle", Brad Tucker, an astronomer with the Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, said in a statement.