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A lunar eclipse of a full "Blood Moon" rises behind the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi
The world is witnessing Blood Moon or total lunar eclipse, the longest of the 21st Century. The rare celestial event can be seen in its entirety from all parts of India. The century's longest total lunar eclipse, which began on July 27, will last till the early hours of July 28. According to NASA, the total lunar eclipse will last for close to one hour and 43 minutes, starting late at night and continuing till the early hours of July 28. "This total lunar eclipse is significant because it is the longest," Director of Delhi's Nehru Planetarium, Ratnashree, told ANI. At some point, when the moon will move into earth's shadow, the sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere will turn the moon red.
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The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse over Cairo, Egypt
The day is all the more special in India, as both lunar eclipse and Guru Purnima are falling on the same day. Celebrated on the full-moon day in the 'Ashadh' month of the Hindu calendar, Guru Purnima is a day dedicated to spiritual teachers. Since the festival is celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists, there are no set rituals that are followed during the day.
Credit: ReutersThe moon is seen during a lunar eclipse over Cairo
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The world is witnessing Blood Moon or total lunar eclipse, the longest of the 21st Century.
While some people observe fast to show respect to their gurus, others visit temples to offer prayers and seek blessings. People, who follow living gurus, pray for the long life of their spiritual teachers.
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People waiting for lunar eclipse
People wait for the lunar eclipse at Amman Citadel in Jordan July 27, 2018.
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Full moon during an eclipse rises behind power line
A full moon during an eclipse rises behind power line in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 27, 2018.
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Lunar eclipse behind the Temple of Poseidon
A full moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon before a lunar eclipse in Cape Sounion, near Athens, Greece, July 27, 2018.
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Lunar eclipse at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
A lunar eclipse of a full "Blood Moon" rises behind the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates July 27, 2018.