The Moon as it was seen in Moscow
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The total lunar eclipse around the world

16 June 2011 Last updated at 02:14 BST

Skywatchers in parts of Europe, Africa, Central Asia and Australia have been observing the longest full lunar eclipse in nearly 11 years.

It occurs when the Earth casts a shadow over the Moon but indirect sunlight can still illuminate the surface turning it a dramatic shade of red.

Daniel Griffiths reports.