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In Pictures: Blood moon casts spell over skygazers across world but not in UK

The rare event was visible to people across different continents but proved elusive for many in Britain.

Skygazers had the chance to observe a blood moon on Friday as the Earth’s satellite took on a reddish hue.

The event was visible to much of the world’s population and was the longest blood moon of the century – but heavy clouds in the UK meant the spectacle was obscured for many.

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A full moon with a pinkish tinge rises behind the ancient temple of Poseidon in cape Sounio, about 40 miles south of Athens (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)
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No such luck on the London skyline, with not a celestial body in sight (Yui Mok/PA)
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A blood moon rises over Tel Aviv, Israel (Ariel Schalit/AP)
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There was some excitement from lightning flashes over Hull – but no moon on show (Danny Lawson/PA)
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A blood moon rises over Gaza City (Hatem Moussa/AP)
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The sky over Liverpool waterfront looked dramatic … but not in a lunar sense (Peter Byrne/PA)
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The moon turns red as seen from Lucerne, Switzerland (Urs Flueeler/PA)
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Even this telescope at Chilbolton Observatory near Stockbridge in Hampshire couldn’t help (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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A blood moon rises over the Turkish capital, Ankara (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)
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Clouds at Stonehenge in Wiltshire obscuring a view of the blood moon (Steve Parsons/PA)
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The moon is framed by the Colosseum (Gregorio Borgia/AP)
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There was disappointment for these lunar fans on Primrose Hill in London (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
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Cloud begins to obscure the moon over Sydney, Australia (Rick Rycroft/AP)
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Clouds over Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire were dense (Joe Giddens/PA)
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The blood moon is seem with Mars on the bottom right (white dot) from Nairobi, Kenya (Sayyid Abdul Azim/AP)
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The moon rises over Istanbul (Emrah Gurel/AP)

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