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Some of the Best Photos of Today's Lengthy Lunar Eclipse from Around the World

Did you sleep through the longest lunar eclipse of the century? Well, here's what it looked like.
By Sarah Ward
July 28, 2018
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Some of the Best Photos of Today's Lengthy Lunar Eclipse from Around the World

Did you sleep through the longest lunar eclipse of the century? Well, here's what it looked like.
By Sarah Ward
July 28, 2018
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If there's ever been a reason to jump out of bed early on a Saturday morning (or stay up until daybreak after a big night out), it's seeing cosmic history made before your very eyes. The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century delivered just that when it put on its sky-high show from 3.14am AEST — with the partial eclipse starting at 4.24am, the total eclipse at 5.30am and maximum eclipse occurring at 6.21am.

For anyone that missed the event — and the news in the lead-up — this lengthy event lasted 103 minutes in the total eclipse phase, a duration that won't be seen again until the 2100s. It was also the last total lunar eclipse of any length that is visible from Australia again until May 2021.

And, thanks to sunlight that was filtered and refracted by the earth's atmosphere, the moon also turned a blood-red share as well. So, in addition to spying a total lunar eclipse and a full moon, sky-gazers also saw a blood moon as well.

Last but by no means least, Mars was also seen twinkling in the sky right next to the moon, with the planet at its closest position to earth in 15 years.

As always, social media is packed full of stellar photo from those who saw and snapped the astronomical event — so whether you saw it with your own eyes or blissfully slept through it, here are some of the best shots of the lunar eclipse from around the planet.

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Total Lunar Eclipse Over Germany HECHINGEN, GERMANY - JULY 27: A Blood Moon rises behind The Hohenzollern Castle, the ancestral seat of the Prussian Royal House and of the Hohenzollern Princes, situated at the periphery of the Swabian Alb on July 27, 2018 in Hechingen, Germany. The period of totality during this eclipse, when Earth's shadow is directly across the moon and it is at its reddest, will last 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, making it the longest viewable lunar eclipse this century. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images) #gettyimages #gettysport #gettyimagesde #nikon #nikoneurope #nikonproeurope #nikonusa #becreative #instafollow @gettyimages #bloodmoon #lunareclipse #totallunareclipse #burghohenzollern

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Blood Moon rises over Italian alps

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Published on July 28, 2018 by Sarah Ward

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