The first total lunar eclipse in 2011 will take place on Wednesday, June 15, and was the longest eclipses of the moon, lasting just over 100 minutes.

This month's full moon will start moving into the central Dark part of the Earth's shadow, known as the Umbra, which is relatively rare.

The last lunar eclipse closer to the center of Earth's shadow was on July 16, 2000, when it lasted 107 minutes. The next central total lunar eclipse will be on July 27, 2018.

Although it wasn't viewable in North America, thousands still watched the stunning lunar eclipse live online.

The next total lunar eclipse will fall on Dec. 10, 2011, which will be visible from all of Asia and Australia and parts of the U.S. including Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest, while rest of the continental U.S. will have to wait until April 15, 2014 to witness a total lunar eclipse.

These are photos of the eclipse from around the world: