World watches lunar eclipse

Skygazers in parts of Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia enjoy a total lunar eclipse the longest in over a decade.

By REUTERS
June 16, 2011 10:32
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World watches lunar eclipse.

lunar eclipse. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Skygazers in parts of Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia Wednesday overnight enjoyed a total lunar eclipse, the longest in over a decade.

It drew people out of their homes and onto the streets, with their eyes fixed firmly on the night sky.

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This was the first total lunar eclipse of 2011.

Skywatchers from parts of the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia all hoped for clear skies.

Egyptians headed to Tahrir square to witness the rare event, while bad weather in Singapore disappointed moongazers who only caught a short glimpse of the event.

From Gaza to Jerusalem, and Zambia to South Africa people enjoyed a beautiful clear eclipse which occurs when the the earth blocks the suns rays from striking the moon.

Skygazers in the Filipino capital watched as the earth's shadow slowly fell across the moon.



In Sydney, Australia the rare event delighted spectators.

"Whenever we think of the moon we think of it as white and being very holy and white. But, now it was red with black on it. It seemed very devilish to me," moongazer Ella Finlay said.

Italians gathered in some of Rome's most beautiful locations, some hoping it might bring them love.

"It makes this place even more romantic. That's why I brought here the girl I wish to win over, hoping she will be impressed," Raffaele Milanini said.

Lasting over 100 minutes, the longest in over a decade, the eclipse did not disappoint in India.

The second total lunar eclipse of this year will occur on December 10th, visible to skygazers in parts of America and Canada keen to see the moon slip into darkness.

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