In Pictures: Blood moon casts spell over skygazers around the world

The rare event was visible to people across different continents but proved elusive for many in Britain.

Skygazers had the chance to observe a blood moon on Friday as the Earth’s satellite took on a reddish hue.

The event was visible to much of the world’s population and was the longest blood moon of the century – but heavy clouds in the UK meant the spectacle was obscured for many.

Greece Lunar Eclipse
A full moon with a pinkish tinge rises behind the ancient temple of Poseidon in cape Sounio, about 40 miles south of Athens (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)
No moon over London
No such luck on the London skyline, with not a celestial body in sight (Yui Mok/PA)
Israel Blood Moon
A blood moon rises over Tel Aviv, Israel (Ariel Schalit/AP)
Blood Moon lightning over Hull
There was some excitement from lightning flashes over Hull – but no moon on show (Danny Lawson/PA)
Gaza Moon
A blood moon rises over Gaza City (Hatem Moussa/AP)
Liverpool waterfront sky
The sky over Liverpool waterfront looked dramatic … but not in a lunar sense (Peter Byrne/PA)
Switzerland Lunar Eclipse
The moon turns red as seen from Lucerne, Switzerland (Urs Flueeler/PA)
Blood Moon over Hampshire
Even this telescope at Chilbolton Observatory near Stockbridge in Hampshire couldn’t help (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Turkey Blood Moon
A blood moon rises over the Turkish capital, Ankara (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)
Blood Moon 2018
Clouds at Stonehenge in Wiltshire obscuring a view of the blood moon (Steve Parsons/PA)
Italy Lunar Eclipse
The moon is framed by the Colosseum (Gregorio Borgia/AP)
Blood Moon over London
There was disappointment for these lunar fans on Primrose Hill in London (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
Australia Lunar Eclipse
Cloud begins to obscure the moon over Sydney, Australia (Rick Rycroft/AP)
Blood Moon over Ely
Clouds over Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire were dense (Joe Giddens/PA)
Kenya Lunar Eclipse
The blood moon is seem with Mars on the bottom right (white dot) from Nairobi, Kenya (Sayyid Abdul Azim/AP)
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The moon rises over Istanbul (Emrah Gurel/AP)

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