South Africa’s attention has been focused skywards this evening as people brave the chill to marvel at the spectacle of the longest Blood Moon lunar eclipse we’ll see this century.
As the moon took on a spectacular coppery red tint, photos of the lunar eclipse started to flood onto social media.
Here are some shots from across Mzansi:
The Blood Moon is seen through the branches of a tree aloe in Durban just before it totally eclipsed on July 27 2018.
Eclipsed Blood Moon is seen through the branches of a tree in Durban on July 27 2018.
The lunar eclipse is seen over Pietermaritzburg on July 27 2018. This incredible shot was taken through a telescope using a smartphone.
The lunar eclipse is seen over Pietermaritzburg on July 27 2018. This awesome shot was taken through a telescope using a smartphone.
— Cornel van Heerden (@CornelvHeerden) July 27, 2018
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— DJ Elroy #Weekendmix (@djelroynl) July 27, 2018
— RES Makerspace (@RESmakerspace) July 27, 2018
— Julia Baker (@MissJuliaBaker) July 27, 2018
— Mr Follow Back (@Thabang2308) July 27, 2018
This was the longest “blood moon” eclipse this century and it coincides with Mars’ closest approach in 15 years to offer skygazers a thrilling astronomical double bill on Friday, astronomers say.
Source: Times Live