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People wait for the lunar eclipse at Amman Citadel in Jordan July 27, 2018. (REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)
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Clouds obscure the view for people sitting on a statue to see the lunar eclipse in Prague, Czech Republic, July 27, 2018. (REUTERS/David W Cerny)
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The "Blood Moon" is seen in its fullness over parts of Saudi Arabia on July 27, 2018. (SPA)
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The "Blood Moon" is seen in its fullness over parts of Saudi Arabia on July 27, 2018. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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A view of the "Blood Moon", coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years. (AN photo by Abdul Wasey Naik)
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Sarah Al Muhairi, an aspiring Emirati astronomer, uses a telescope to view the lunar eclipse of a full "Blood Moon" at Al Sadeem Observatory in Al Wathba near Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on July 27, 2018. (REUTERS/Christopher Pike)
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A man watches the lunar eclipse through a telescope at the Al Thuraya Astronomy Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on July 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People wait for a blood moon to rise in London skyline in Hampstead Heath on a cloudy evening on July 27, 2018. (AFP / Tolga Akmen)
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This picture shows the full moon during a 'blood moon' eclipse as seen from the eastern Turkey city of Tunceli on July 27, 2018. (AFP / BULENT KILIC)
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A man looks through a telescope at the full moon during a "blood moon" eclipse in from Cape Town on July 27, 2018. (AFP / RODGER BOSCH)
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The Moon leaves the shadow of Earth during a full lunar eclipse over Vienna, Austria, on July 27, 2018. (REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader)
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The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse, behind the Saentis in Luzern, Switzerland, on July 27, 2018. (Christian Merz/Keystone via AP)The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Dresden, Germany, on July 27, 2018. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP)
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A full moon sets over Petronas Twin Tower during a complete lunar eclipse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
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This picture shows the full moon during a 'blood moon' eclipse behind the ancient Colosseum on July 28, 2018. T(AFP / Tiziana Fabi)
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The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse over Cairo, Egypt July 27, 2018. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
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The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse, behind the Saentis in Luzern, Switzerland, on July 27, 2018. (Christian Merz/Keystone via AP)
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A bride poses for photo during a total lunar eclipse from in Brasilia, Brazil, July 27, 2018. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)
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This picture shows the full moon during a 'blood moon' eclipse beside the Golden temple in Amritsar early on July 28, 2018. (AFP / NARINDER NANU)
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View of a moon eclipse over the Sugar Loaf mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 27, 2018. (AFP / CARL DE SOUZA)
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A picture shows the full moon during a "blood moon" eclipse beside a statue of the ancient Greek god Apollo in central Athens on July 27, 2018. (AFP / Aris Messinis)
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A total lunar eclipse is seen in Sydney in early July 28, 2018. (AFP / Greg Wood)
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The moon is seen during a full lunar eclipse over Nairobi, Kenya, July 27, 2018. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
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The moon is seen during a full lunar eclipse over Nairobi, Kenya, July 27, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Updated 28 July 2018

Night of the ‘Blood Moon’

Curiosity and awe have greeted a complete lunar eclipse, the longest one of this century and visible in much of the world. The so-called “blood moon,” when it turns a deep red, was visible at different times in much of the world, when the sun, Earth and moon lined up perfectly, casting Earth’s shadow on the moon. 

It was also seen by many in Saudi Arabia, and Dr. Hassan bin Mohammed Assiri of the Department of Astronomy at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah said that  the department has monitored and documented the phenomenon through a number of telescopes and astronomical devices. He pointed out that the eclipse is the second and final of this year. Last February, it was partially seen in various places of the Kingdom.  (Photos by Huda Bashatah, Abdul Wasey Naik, SPA and the wire services)