Blood Moon rising over Dubrovnik

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"It's basically covering the whole planet and so Mars in the sky at the moment appears like a really, really bright orange star".

FULL moons and lunar eclipses have always been associated with various legends, myths and dark apocalyptic theories.

Skygazers in South America will be able to see part of the final stages of the eclipse just after sunset on July 27.

The eclipse won't be visible to viewers in North America, except via webcasts. The total eclipse will last nearly one hour and 43 minutes. That means the planet and the sun will be on exact opposite sides of the Earth and will shine its best. That's because some of the sunlight going through Earth's atmosphere is bent around the edge of our planet and falls onto the moon's surface.

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.

The blood moon and Mars, top left, seen next to a digital clock in Central Jakarta.

When the moon moves into the conical shaped shadow of the earth, it stops being illuminated by sun, and gets dark. Furthermore, the Moon will be at apogee - farthest from the Earth in its orbit, on July 27 and will be moving at a slower speed in its orbit.

Some Britons had better luck however, with the Grenadier Guards stationed in Iraq posting images showing troops gazing at a red-sheened moon hanging in a clear sky.

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. I have seen so many moon eclipses with my own eyes in my life.

Will the blood moon be visible in the United Kingdom? He captured a photo of an airplane flying in front of the moon as it came in to land.

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

And Aan Burhany captured a yellowish shot of the lunar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Our red moon had some company Friday, when Mars was the closest it's been to Earth in 15 years.

Mackay said that Mars is visible even without a telescope.

At its closest approach, Mars will be 54.6 million km from Earth. Experts estimate that Mars' brightness will persist for several weeks.

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