The next total lunar eclipse visible from start to finish from anywhere in Africa will be in 2025.
Lunar eclipses are rare, an area will get 3 in a year at the most and with such a spectacular celestial line up this time, one should definitely find time to observe it.
"Our event is sold out, we have about a couple of hundred people that are booked in to come and watch it with us", said Andrew Jacob, curator at the Sydney Observatory, located right near the Harbour Bridge.
By 5.30am (AEST) the eclipse entered into its "total" phase, plunging the moon in darkness, which soon became a coppery crimson disc. It wasn't visible in the US, but it could be seen from places like South America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. That's due to last for 1 hour and 22 minutes. According to Nasa's lunar eclipse timetable, India will not get to witness another event like this till September 2025.
Partly cloudy skies on Friday night should still give us a chance to at least view the full Moon and Mars in close proximity, so it will still be worth a look. This is going to be the longest lunar eclipse of the century. It is expected to occur on July 27-28 at 7.30 pm UTC (12 am IST) and end at 9.13 pm UTC (1.43 am IST).
The fullest eclipse was visible from Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, and much of Asia and Australia though clouds blocked out the moon in some places.
"But now I've seen it I can believe it and I want to be an astronomer to tell other people".
The lunar eclipse will coincide with the closest approach of Mars to Earth, PTI reported. Just step outside, look up, and enjoy!
Reuters charted the eclipse from across the world, capturing a shimmering orange and red moon above Cairo, the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, near Athens, the Bavarian village of Raisting in Germany, Rio beach in Brazil and Johannesburg.
A reddish tint is, to some degree, common in all lunar eclipses, even partial ones.
The lunar eclipse over Warsaw, Poland.
"From that point onwards, the shadow of the Earth will slowly retreat across the lunar surface until the partial eclipse comes to completion".
The colour of the moon is affected by the light from the sun's movements skimming through the Earth's atmosphere and continuing up to space about 350,000 kilometres away.
"And the density of dust increasing in the atmosphere can cause the moon to appear a particularly deep red, and indeed it has the same effect on our sunsets and sunrises".