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29 July 2018, 09:32 | Justin Tyler
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And, of course, there are areas across the world where the eclipse will not be visible at all, such as North America. Enthusiasts watched through telescopes at the Marina South Pier in Singapore and at the Al Sadeem Observatory in Al Wathba near Abu Dhabi.
The ancient Inca were said to have believed a red moon meant it had been mauled by a jaguar, and the Mesopotamians thought it was a warning their king would be attacked.
In a special treat, Mars is also at its closest approach to Earth this week since 2003, making it appear bigger and brighter.
In Sydney, crowds gathered to watch the Moon turn red above the city's distinctive skyline.
When the moon moved into the conical shadow of the earth, it went from being illuminated by the sun to being dark. "This does not herald the apocalypse: seeing a lunar eclipse and Mars in the sky is something people should enjoy rather than worry about medieval superstitions". Curious onlookers struggled to get the best shot of the lunar eclipse on their mobile phones. For four hours, it will be partly in the Earth's shadow.
There will also be a partial lunar eclipse on July 16, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, the mission that sent the first humans to the moon.
Unlike like a solar eclipse, it is entirely safe to look directly at a lunar eclipse, and Friday's eclipse offered sky-watchers more time than usual to look.
Skywatchers in Sydney, Australia, were treated to a dazzling blood moon above the Sydney Harbour Bridge in a picture-perfect shot.
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