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From Greece to Abu Dhabi, rare lunar eclipse stuns worldwide but not in UK

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From Greece to Abu Dhabi, Australia to Iraq, a stunning blood moon as spectacular as it was rare lit up the night sky around the world on Friday night.

It marked the start of the longest total lunar eclipse we will see this century, passing between the sun and the Earth for a grand total of 103 minutes.

Lauded as a “real celestial treat” by Professor Andrew Coats of Mullard Space Science Laboratory, and a “freak of nature” by space journalist Sarah Cruddas, it certainly lived up to its billing.

An incredibly stormy end to a week of record-breaking heat made such views hard to come by in the UK.

Stargazers were left disappointed as clouds largely obscured the celestial phenomenon.

But Sky News has gathered some of the most eye-catching shots from around the world for you to enjoy.

:: As it happened: ‘Freak of nature’ blood moon lights up sky



Blood moon rises above Greek temple




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Blood moon soars above Greek temple

The moon rises in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The moon rises behind a house in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

This was the view in Thymari, near Athens

This is the view in Thymari, near Athens
Another tremendous shot from the Temple of Poseidon near Athens

Cairo was a source of some of the best shots

Cairo seems to be the place to be for the best pictures this evening
This picture shows the full moon in the sky of the Egyptian capital Cairo on July 27, 2018, prior to the expected total lunar eclipse. - The longest 'blood moon' eclipse this century began on July 27, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle. Unlike with a solar eclipse, viewers will need no protective eye gear to observe the rare display. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/

The moon over Wilayah mosque in Kuala Lumpur

The moon appears beside the dome of the Wilayah mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

People observe in Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong

People set up the telescopes to observe the Lunar eclipse in Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong
People set up telescopes to observe the Lunar eclipse in Hong Kong

A gathering as the sun goes down in Berlin

People gather as they wait for the sun to go down and the appearance of the 'Blood moon' in Berlin on July 27, 2018. - The 'Blood moon' total lunar eclipse, is the longest of the 21st century. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Stargazers in Singapore

A stargazer in Singapore
Keen astronomy students in Singapore trying to catch a glimpse of the moon at Marina South Pier

The full moon rises near Bondi Beach, Sydney

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - JULY 27:  The full moon rises near Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia, ahead of a total lunar eclipse. The period of totality during this eclipse, when Earth's shadow is directly across the moon and it is at its reddest, will last 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, making it the longest viewable lunar eclipse this century.  July 27, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

And in Abu Dhabi

A lunar eclipse of a full "Blood Moon" rises behind the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates July 27, 2018. REUTERS/Christopher Pike
A lunar eclipse of a full "Blood Moon" rises behind the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates July 27, 2018. REUTERS/Christopher Pike
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