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The Blood Moon Is Rising

This weekend will bring the longest lunar eclipse of the century so far.

A total lunar eclipse is one of nature’s most astonishing sights and occurs when the Earth blocks the sun's light on the moon, casting it into shadow and giving it a rusty-red hue. While this year’s entire celestial event on July 27 and 28 is expected to last four hours, the moon will spend one hour and 43 minutes eclipsed by the Earth, making it the longest total Lunar eclipse of the 21st century so far. Unfortunately, the totality of this rare event won’t be visible to spectators in North America, since the moon won’t be in the Earth’s shadow during our nighttime (the total eclipse will occur at 3:30 p.m. EDT). Those watching from the Eastern Hemisphere however — parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand — are in for an otherworldly treat. Here, stunning sights of blood moons past from across the globe.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM PERTH, AUSTRALIA Paul Kane/Getty Images PERTH, AUSTRALIA

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