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Bloodmoon, the longest lunar eclipse of the century in photos



  Lunar Eclipse
A full moon rises behind the poseo temple before a lunar eclipse in Cape Sounion at Athens, Greece, on July 27, 2018.

REUTERS / Alkis Konstantinidis

On the night of July 27 and the early morning hours of July 28, sky observers in the Eastern Hemisphere were confronted with the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are directly aligned, and the lunar orbit directs them into the Earth's shadow. During the solar eclipse, the moon will pass through the darkest region of the Earth's shadow, the so-called umbra, which gives the moon a reddish "bloodmoon" glow.

The solar eclipse that occurred in parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East happened at the same time as the apogee of the moon – when the moon reaches its extreme point from Earth in its monthly orbit.

The solar eclipse turned the moon orange-red as sunlight penetrated our planet's atmosphere and ricocheted off the moon.

See below for stunning images of the solar eclipse from all over the world:


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