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Skygazers watch century's longest 'blood moon'

Skygazers watch century's longest 'blood moon'

Thousands of people across the world turned their eyes to the stars to watch the blood-red moon from Friday (Jul 27) night. At the same time, Mars hovered near the moon in the night sky, easily visible to the naked eye. In Asia, the eclipse was visible in the wee hours of Saturday. The total eclipse lasted one hour, 43 minutes, reports said.

Skywatchers around the world have witnessed the longest "blood moon" eclipse of the 21st Century. As it rose, during this total eclipse, Earth's natural satellite turned a striking shade of red or ruddy brown.

The "totality" period, where light from the Moon was totally obscured, lasted for one hour, 43 minutes. At least part of the eclipse was visible from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, most of Asia and South America.

Over the coming days, Mars will be at its closest point to Earth since 2003 - visible as a "bright red star" where skies are clear.