The longest lunar eclipse this century sent the moon behind the shadow of the Earth, turning it a deep crimson for people in Britain, Europe, Asia, Africa, parts of Australasia and South America to see.
"In the middle of a lunar eclipse it can look as if a red planet has taken up residence near the Earth - they are both eerie and lovely", Robert Massey of the RAS said. The moon in the lunar eclipse will also be passing through the middle of the Earth's shadow, meaning it will spend the maximum time in darkness, thus contributing to the long duration of the eclipse. Additionally, Mars and the sun will be on exact opposite sides of the Earth and will shine its best.
Unlike a solar eclipse, people can look at a lunar eclipse directly with their own eyes.
The "totality" period, where light from the Moon was totally obscured, lasted for one hour, 43 minutes.
The next total eclipse of the sun visible in the US will be on April 8, 2024. Additionally, the moon will be at a farther point from Earth along its orbit, EarthSky pointed out.
Mr Ubachukwu observed that a lunar eclipse could occur only on the night of a full moon.
The blood moon seen from the Heroes Monument in Central Jakarta.
According to the National Space Research and Development Agency, the lunar eclipse in Nigeria started around 6:44pm as partial eclipse and developed into a total eclipse around 7:30pm. Most months we have a full moon without an eclipse.
Saturday's total lunar eclipse was the longest of this century. This means the sun's light is blocked by the Earth, and the moon passes into its shadow. There will also be some time before and after when the moon is in the lighter part of Earth's shadow, which is called the penumbra.
"It will be visible from 9:30.p.m. and last till 11:22 p.m".
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.