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From Greece to Abu Dhabi rare lunar eclipse stuns worldwide, but not in the UK



From Greece to Abu Dhabi, Australia and Iraq, a breathtaking bloodmoon shone on Friday night that was as spectacular as it was rare.

It marked the beginning of the longest total lunar eclipse we will experience. See this century by passing between the sun and the earth for a total of 103 minutes.

Honored by Professor Andrew Coats of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory as "True Heavenly Delight" and "Freak of Nature" by space journalist Sarah Crouddas, she lived up to her claim.

A Bloodmoon is actually a Lunar Eclipse – caused by Earth passing between Moon and Sun.

Only light that breaks through The earth's atmosphere manages to reach the moon, and everything outside the red wavelengths is scattered so that the moon looks blood red.

An incredibly stormy ending of a week of record-breaking heat made such views difficult in the UK

Stargazers remained disappointed

But Sky News has collected some of the most eye-catching footage from around the world that you can enjoy.

:: As it happens: "Freak of nature" blood moon lights sky



  Blood Moon rises above Greek temple








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Blood moon rises above the Greek temple

The moon rises in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  The moon rises behind a house in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

This was the view in Thymari near Athens

  This is the view in Thymari near Athens
  Another stupendous shot from the Temple of Poseidon at Athens

Cairo was a source of some of the best shots

  Cairo seems to be the best place for the best pictures of this evening
  This picture shows the full moon in the sky of the Egyptian capital Cairo on July 27, 2018, before the expected total lunar eclipse. - The longest & # 39; Bloodmoon & # 39; The eclipse of this century began on July 27, coincided with Mars & # 39; s Closest access in 15 years to treat sky-gazers around the world to an exciting celestial spectacle. Unlike a solar eclipse, spectators do not need goggles to watch the rare display. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo should be KHALED DESOUKI / AFP /

Moon over the Wilayah Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

  The moon appears next to the dome of the Wilayah Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [19659016] People watch in Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong </h2>
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  People build telescopes to observe the lunar eclipse in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
  People set up telescopes to observe the lunar eclipse in Hong Kong

An assembly as the sun sets in Berlin

  Humans gather as they wait for the sun to set and the appearance of the "Bloodmoon" in Berlin on July 27, 2018. - The & Blood Moon's total lunar eclipse, is the longest of the 21st century. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP) (Photo credits should read TOBIAS BLACK / AFP / Getty Images)

Stargazer in Singapore

  A stargazer in Singapore
  Sharp astronomy students in Singapore try to see the moon at Marina South Pier

The full moon rises near Bondi Beach, Sydney

  SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - JULY 27: The full moon soars near Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia, in front of a total lunar eclipse. The period of totality during this eclipse, when the shadow of the earth is directly above the moon and reddest, will take 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, making it the longest visible lunar eclipse of this century. July 27, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell / Getty Images)

And in Abu Dhabi

  A lunar eclipse of a full "blood moon" rises behind the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates July 27, 2018. REUTERS / Christopher Pike
  A lunar eclipse of a full "blood moon" rises behind the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on July 27, 2018. REUTERS / Christopher Pike

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