In pictures: Blood moon around the world

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People in many countries have been catching a glimpse of a blood moon for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century.

The Moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, near AthensImage copyright

In Greece, the moon rose behind the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, near Athens.

In a lunar eclipse, the Earth stands between its natural satellite and the Sun.

A "blood moon" rises during a lunar eclipse over Cairo, 27 July 2018Image copyright

Although no longer directly illuminated by the Sun, the moon still catches light filtered and bent by the Earth’s atmosphere. This gives it an orange, brown or red colour.

The eclipse will have been visible from Africa to the Middle East, Europe, Russia, India, and Australia.

Clouds over Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire obscuring a view of the blood moonImage copyright

But not everyone on its path was able to watch the event. England has been scorched by a ruthless sun for weeks, but in some areas, such as in Ely (above), stargazers gathered only to see the moon obscured by a sudden spell of cloudy weather.

The blood moon rises behind the Saentis (2502m) Alpstein, Canton of Appenzell, Switzerland,Image copyright

In the Swiss Alps, on the other hand, the blood moon could be observed in all its glory.

Star gazers in SingaporeImage copyright

No protective eye gear is necessary to observe the eclipse.

rises behind the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu DhabiImage copyright

As the Moon passed over Abu Dhabi, it could be seen behind the minarets of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

A full moon is seen near a picture of Brazilian footballer Neymar, before the start of a lunar eclipse over Cairo, Egypt 17 JulyImage copyright

In Cairo, the Moon eclipsed a star, as it stood above a picture of Brazilian footballer Neymar.

People set up telescopes to witness a rare lunar eclipse near 27 in Taipei, TaiwanImage copyright
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People in Taipei, Taiwan, set up telescopes to watch the event. The total eclipse will last almost one hour and 43 minutes.

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