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Amazing Photos: The 'Blood Moon' Eclipse and Mars Opposition of July 27, 2018

Woodlands, Singapore

A. Kannan

The moon begins to turn a shade of red as sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere is scattered, bouncing red light onto the surface of the moon.

Clovelly, South Africa

Howard Langley

In Clovelly, South Africa, astrophotographer Howard Langley captured this photo of the "blood moon" eclipse at 9:47 p.m. local time (0747 GMT), just a few minutes after totality and about half an hour before the eclipse reached its maximum.

Woodlands, Singapore

A. Kannan

The moon and Mars snuggle up in the night sky in this photo taken during the total lunar eclipse in Singapore.

Ohrid, Macedonia

Stojan Stojanovski

Astrophotographer Stojan Stojanovski created this image showing the progression of the phases of the total lunar eclipse as seen from Ohrid, Macedonia.

Rome, Italy

Gianluca Masi/Virtual Telescope Project

Astrophotographer Gianluca Masi with the Virtual Telescope Project captured this image of the lunar eclipse over the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine in Rome at 9:30 p.m. local time, right when the eclipse entered the phase known as "totality," when the moon is entirely submerged in Earth's dark, inner shadow.

Rome, Italy

Gianluca Masi/Virtual Telescope Project

About 30 minutes after totality began, Mars made an appearance over Rome, Italy. Astrophotographer Gianluca Masi with the Virtual Telescope Project captured this image from the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine in Rome at 10:05 p.m. local time (2105 GMT).

Puglia, Italy

Fabian Santoro

Stars sparkle in the background as the moon glows red in Earth's shadow. Astrophotographer Fabian Santoro took this photo from Puglia, Italy.

Davao City, Philippines

Reuben Opena

The "blood moon" peeks through palm trees in this photo taken by Reuben Opena in the Philippines.

Lunar Eclipse Over Malta

Sarah Zammit

Astrophotographer Sarah Zammit snapped this photo of Earth's shadow creeping across the moon from the island nation of Malta, which is located in the Mediterranean Sea.

Nairobi, Kenya

Mwanajuma Salim

The moon takes on a deep shade of red during the total lunar eclipse in this photo taken by Mwanajuma Salim in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Hanneke Weitering

Hanneke Weitering is an editor at Space.com with 10 years of experience in science journalism. She has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time Hanneke likes to explore the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.