Eclipse 2018 in pictures: Best photos of the Blood Moon

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Millions of stargazers around the world have caught a glimpse of the rare lunar eclipse - the longest one of the 21st century.

The July 27 Blood Moon eclipse, the longest lunar eclipse this century can be seen from Taiwan overnight on July 27-28.

While viewers in New South Wales and Queensland lost sight of the moon towards the end of the eclipse, those in Western Australia saw the whole spectacle, and even watched as the moon emerged from the eclipse.

"It is a very unusual coincidence to have a total lunar eclipse and Mars at opposition on the same night", said Mr Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society, who watched the eclipse from the Mediterranean Sea.

If you are in a location where the eclipse will be seen, you do not need any special sunglasses or other protective gear like you would for a solar eclipse, since lunar eclipses are not anywhere near the same as looking at the sun.

Yesterday morning's blood moon was at its peak from 3.30am and lasted until 5.13am, appearing completely red.

Moreover, Red planet MARS will be at its closest to Earth during July 27-31.

At least 200 people flocked to Observatory Hill in Sydney's CBD, and also to Dover Heights in the east, as the moon moved into the Earth's shadow, becoming darker and turning redder as sunlight passed through Earth's atmosphere. Weather permitting, it should be visible throughout the country.

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The different phases of moon from Kochi Kerala

Otago and Southland were some of the best places to see the event as it lasted longer.

It will be a spectacular night as the brilliant planet Mars will be near to the reddish-orange glow of the eclipsed moon, both visible with the naked eye.

At 8.24pm, the moon will start moving into the umbral shadow of the earth.

Usually, lunar eclipses only last around one hour. - AFP The moon during the total lunar eclipse, also known as the "blood moon", taken as it passes through decorative lights in Kuwait City. The atmosphere filters out most of the sun's blue light, so the moon looks red. Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit were all abuzz with amateur astronomers sharing their photographs of the rare and attractive blood moon.

The Virtual Telescope Project will share a live stream of the lunar eclipse just a few degrees apart above the skyline of Rome.

A total lunar eclipse blood moon rises behind Hohenzollern Castle in Hechingen, Germany.

A view of the moon before the eclipse from Amritsar's Golden Temple. - AFP View of the full moon during the "blood moon" next to the ancient Greek goddess Irine holding a child symbolising peace and justice in central Athens.

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