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 Reuters

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 Reuters

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.

rises behind the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu DhabiImage copyright Reuters

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

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

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.

Star gazers in SinpaporeImage copyright Reuters

For those able to observe the event, no protective eye gear is necessary.

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 Reuters

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 set up telescopes to witness a rare lunar eclipse near 27 in Taipei, TaiwanImage copyright Getty Images

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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