Astronomers and stargazers across the world were mesmerised by the longest blood moon eclipse on Friday night.
"The first is that the moon will be passing in a direct line behind Earth, meaning it travels through the widest part of the circular shadow cast by our planet".
Paris-The longest "blood moon" eclipse this century dazzled skygazers across the globe Friday, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years in a thrilling celestial spectacle. At the same time, Mars hovered near the moon in the night sky, easily visible to the naked eye.
Australians eager to catch a glimpse of a once-in-a-lifetime "blood moon" set their alarms for early on Saturday morning in order to catch the 4.24am eclipse.
"All you have to do is. go outside!" the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in London said, adding that binoculars would be useful to observe the phenomenon.
While Mars was overhead for people in central Chile, South Africa and Australia, it was low in the southern sky for those who watched in the United States and Europe. The moon was in ideal alignment with the sun and Earth on Friday, with the moon on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun.
During a very dark eclipse the moon may be nearly invisible.
"There is no reason to believe that blood moons foretell doom", said Massey.
We live in a very attractive part of the Universe.
In Turkey, Ayşegül Şibiroglu captured the blood moon eclipse over Bodrum.
Incredibly, the Moon was entirely in Earth's shadow (totality), turning it a dark blood red, for a full 1 hour and 43 minutes.
But quick shooting and persistence over more than four hours from vantage points in Kings Park and South Perth saw amateur snapper Nicolai Abano capture the transit of the Moon, and stitch multiple shots together over Perth's skyline to create a stunning image.
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.