The lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon, has had stargazers in awe as the day approached and they were not disappointed as they were rewarded with the longest lunar eclipse of the century.
From the East to the West coast of South Africa the blood moon was visible and hundreds of thousands of South Africans cast their eyes to the heavens to witness the event.
They watched as the moon changed from a bright white to a dark orange, eventually turning brown and crimson.
The earth cast its shadow over the moon for a total of 3 hours and 54 minutes. The total lunar eclipse lasted 1 hour and 42 minutes.
In the past a blood moon had been perceived as a bad omen but science has since dispelled these superstitions and it should be something to enjoy rather than worry over.
The next lunar eclipse on a similar scale will happen in 2123.
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