Residents of Dubai had one of the best views of the total lunar eclipse and blood moon over the weekend
29 July 2018| Last updated on 29 July 2018
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The longest total lunar eclipse of the century happened over the weekend, and Dubai’s residents rushed to capture the magnificent show.
On July 27th, residents of Dubai and around the UAE didn’t hesitate to brave the summer’s evening heat in an effort to witness a rare celestial event and capture some impressive pictures.
Lasting a total of 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds, a total lunar eclipse resulted in a blood moon – where the moon turns a deep red or reddish brown as a result of the eclipse. This happens as the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow, and the sun’s rays are reflected through Earth’s atmosphere.
The event began around 9.14pm UAE local time, and continued until around 2.20am. Totality of the lunar eclipse occurred between 11.30pm until 1.30am, meaning a lot of UAE residents were out in the middle of the night in an attempt to get the best view.
If you missed it yourself, you can watch this brilliant re-cap of the entire lunar eclipse in Dubai, captured by Gulf News:
Of course, residents took to social media to share their amazing photos captured of the two celestial events.
Dubai’s very own HH Sheikh Hamdan even captured an impressive view of the moon by Burj Khalifa! Check out the best pictures below: