People in many countries have been catching a glimpse of a «blood moon« for the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century.
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.
Although no longer directly illuminated by the Sun, the moon still catches light filtered and bent by the Earth’s atmosphere. This gives it a ghostly orange, brown and red hue.
As the eclipsed passed over Abu Dhabi, the Moon could be seen behind the minarets of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
But not everyone was able to see the eclipse. England has been scorched by a ruthless sun for weeks, but in some areas stargazers gathered only to see the moon obscured by a sudden spell of cloudy weather.
For those able to observe the event, no protective eye gear is necessary.
In Cairo, the moon eclipsed a star, as it stood above a picture of Brazilian footballer Neymar.
The eclipse will have been visible from Southern Africa to the Middle East, Russia, India, and Australia.
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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