The longest “blood moon” eclipse this century lingered in the skies Friday, coinciding with Mars’ closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle.
From the Cape of Good Hope to the Middle East, and from the Kremlin to Sydney Harbour, thousands of people turned their eyes to the stars to watch the moon, which turned dark before shining orange, brown and crimson in the shadow.
The total eclipse lasted 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, though a partial eclipse preceded and follows, meaning the moon spent a total of nearly 4 hours in the Earth’s umbral shadow, according to NASA.
Astronomers in Israel took over 1000 photographs capturing the historic blood moon from when it rose until its descent.
Read more at Times of Israel.