Century's longest 'blood moon' delights skygazers

The longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century dazzled skygazers across the globe on Friday, coinciding with Mars’ closest approach in 15 years in a thrilling celestial spectacle.

As Earth’s constant companion slowly sailed across the skies, crowds gathered around the world to catch a glimpse of the rare phenomenon.

Unlike with a solar eclipse, viewers did not need protective eye gear to observe the rare display.

For about half the world, the moon was partly or fully in Earth’s shadow from 17:14 to 23:28 GMT – six hours and 14 minutes in all.

The period of complete eclipse – known as 'totality', when the moon appears darkest – lasted from 19:30 to 21:13 GMT.