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These Stunning Pictures Show The Blood Moon During The Longest Lunar Eclipse Of The Century

The eclipse was visible on much of the Earth, except North and Central America, and lasted for nearly four hours Friday, with totality lasting for one hour, 42 minutes, and 57 seconds.

Posted on July 27, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. ET

Viewers across the globe, except in North and Central America, were treated to a "blood moon" eclipse Friday night in what experts said was the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through Earth's shadow.

Friday's celestial event lasted for nearly four hours with the moon being totally obscured by Earth's shadow for 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 57 seconds, according to the American Astronomical Society. During totality, the moon appeared reddish in color in what's known as the "blood moon" phenomenon where the moon is illuminated by sunlight filtering through Earth's atmosphere.

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A blood moon rises above Germany.

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A blood moon rises behind Hohenzollern Castle in Hechingen, Germany.

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The moon rises next to the Colosseum in Rome.

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A blood moon is seen behind a statue of the ancient Greek goddess Hera in Athens.

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A combination of six pictures shows the eclipse in various states from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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A blood moon is seen behind a dome of the Süleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul.

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The blood moon is seen above one of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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The moon rises over the temple of Apollo in Corinth, Greece.

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The moon turns red over the Sydney skyline.

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A blood moon, as seen over the Montsec American Memorial in Montsec, France.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.