Lunar Eclipse: Blood Moon Wows Early Risers Across Australia

A rare lunar eclipse dazzled Aussies on Saturday morning.

Skygazers across the globe  had a treat on Saturday morning with the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

The total eclipse, visible from a host of locations worldwide, lasted one hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, according to NASA.

A partial eclipse preceded and followed it, meaning the Moon spent a total of three hours and 54 minutes in the Earth's umbral shadow.

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It was visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America when the Sun, Earth and Moon lined up perfectly.

In Australia, the moon started turning red about 4:30am AEST this morning and the total eclipse started at about 5:30am.

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Sydney Observatory's Andrew Jacob said hundreds of people had paid to watch the event from the observatory.

“Our event is sold out,” he told the ABC.

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“We have about a couple of hundred people that are booked in to come and watch it with us.”

A total lunar eclipse happens when the Earth's shadow shifts across the Moon, blocking out light from the Sun.