The total lunar eclipse that took place on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, is the most beautiful total and the longest lunar eclipse the people of this world have seen in a decade.
The total lunar eclipse was visible for over 100 minutes in different parts of Asia, Europe and Africa. The partial eclipse lasted for three hours and 40 minutes.
People in Australia, Singapore, India were among the first to see the beautiful lunar eclipse. The people in the UK, different countries in Europe and Africa also witnessed the rare moment.
However, people in North America failed to see the lunar eclipse live, with their own eyes as it ended shortly before 7 p.m. EST.
According to astronomers, only 3 lunar eclipses in the past decade have rivaled the beauty and duration of what people witnessed on Wednesday.
On July 16, 2000, a lunar eclipse lasted 107 minutes.
Though the people in the U.S. did not see the event with their own eyes, Google came to their rescue with a beautiful Google Doodle.
The Google Doodle showed the progress of the lunar eclipse live, being updated every 2 minutes.
Google had also teamed up with skywatcher website Slooh.com to offer a live views of the eclipse with the use of space cameras installed strategically in South Africa, Dubai and Cyprus.
Google said the idea of the Doodle and the live stream came naturally.
We're always fascinated by the unique wonders of space and the world - what can we say, it's the geek in us, the company wrote on its blog. We were both excited and disappointed that this rare occasion wouldn't be visible from our Mountain View campus like last year's eclipse.
A lunar eclipse is different from a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse darkens the moon but a lunar eclipse gives the moon an orange or reddish hue because the sun rays are able to pass through the Earth's atmosphere.
Enjoy the beautiful photos of the full lunar eclipse below: