Spectators across the world were amazed to see the longest and the most beautiful lunar eclipse in over a decade on June 15, 2011 when the moon turned into a blood-red shade as it entered the earth's shadow.

This incredible view was witnessed by viewers across the globe, who, waited in anticipation for the event to occur. Lasting for about 100 minutes, the event started from 1:24 pm EDT to 7:00 pm EDT.  Among the countries who witnessed this rare phenomenon were India, Australia and Singapore.

A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun's rays and casting a shadow on the moon. As the moon moves deeper and deeper into Earth's shadow, the moon changes color before your very eyes, turning from gray to an orange or deep shade of red.

Although, many sky-watchers were able to enjoy the occasion with the help of their telescopes, for some, the live coverage by Google proved to be the best spectacle. Throughout the 100 minutes event, Google provided a live doodle by updating real footage of the event every two minutes.

This live-streaming project by Google was in association with astronomy site Slooth, sponsored by Paramount Pictures. This was apparently the latter's attempts to promote its upcoming Transformers flick called Dark of the Moon.

Check the best captured images of the 2011 Lunar Eclipse below: