A rare total lunar eclipse - expected to be the longest in the 21st century - is set to take place on Friday that will see the Earth's natural satellite turn blood red.
Seen best along the southern hemisphere, many stargazers were disappointed by cloudy skies.
From the Cape of Good Hope to the Middle East, and from the Kremlin to Sydney Harbour, thousands of people turned their eyes to the stars to watch the moon which turned dark before shining orange, brown and crimson as it moved into the earth's shadow.
Check this page closer to 3 p.m. Friday for a look at how the world is viewing the lunar eclipse.
A super blood moon in Malmö in 2015. Friday's blood moon won't be as big
This will be the second and last lunar eclipse of 2018.
This is estimated to be the longest total lunar eclipse for the next century, until June 9, 2123. As an extra gift, Mars will also be at its brightest, accounting for two red lights in the sky.
Lunar eclipses happen when the earth sits directly in between the sun and full moon, blocking the sun's light from hitting the moon and therefore shifting how the night sky appears on Earth.
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At 12.19am, the moon will be out of the earth's umbral shadow and the observable eclipse will be over. Parts of Europe, Eastern Africa, Australia, and South America will see different phases of the eclipse, but will miss out on parts of the penumbral, partial, or total phases.
Pitts said that the "blood moon" phrase was only recently attached to the phenomenon.
Millions of Americans watched the first solar eclipsevisible from the USA since 1979 last August.
On the night of July 27, the total lunar eclipse will coincide with another relatively rare celestial phenomenon known as the Mars opposition.
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Although it won't look almost as large as the blood moon, Mars will be its largest if you're looking through a telescope and close to its maximum brightness in our sky. To stay safe, kids and adults too must not see it with naked eyes.
When the three celestial bodies are perfectly lined up, however, the Earth's atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun while refracting or bending red light onto the moon, usually giving it a rosy blush.
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This will be a historical eclipse as it will last three hours and 55 minutes, making it the longest eclipse of this century. When the moon moves into the conical shaped shadow of the earth, it goes from being illuminated by the sun to being dark.
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Then the Moon will start to gradually come out of Earth's shadow and partial eclipse will end at 3.49 am, the statement said. The only light which can be seen is refracted through the Earth's shadow and this light looks red just like with the sunset.
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