Stargazers around the world gather to see the red 'half-blood Moon'

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The world was gazing at the skies last night as a partial lunar eclipse made the Moon appear red in the sky - 50 years to the day since the launch of Apollo 11.

The 'half-blood Moon' appeared dramatically over Britain, including at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, and in the skies above London where stargazers climbed up Primrose Hill for a view of the capital's moonlit skyline.

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Elsewhere in Europe there were spectacular views in the skies of Greece, where the Moon hung above the ancient Temple of Poseidon, and Turkey, where it appeared over the centuries-old Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

The event is also taking place over much of Asia, Africa, eastern parts of South America, and the western parts of Australia.

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A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth, Sun, and Moon are almost exactly in line and the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun.

As the Moon moves into Earth's shadow, it is illuminated by a small amount of sunlight that passes through our atmosphere - producing the unusual red colour.

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The eclipse is particularly well-timed as the Moon is on the public mind anyway, half a century exactly since Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins began their historic journey to the lunar surface.

Paul Cox, the chief astronomical officer of Slooh - a site that is streaming the phenomenon through telescopes all over the world explained the event in greater detail.

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'A solar eclipse occurs during a New Moon, when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun [while] a lunar eclipse occurs two weeks before or after during a Full Moon, when the Moon moves behind Earth into its shadow,' Cox told Forbes.

'Many cosmic coincidences must align for this celestial phenomenon to occur. It’s a game of orbital...
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