The longest total lunar eclipse created a spectacle in the sky tonight – with all eyes focused on the waning moon and rising of the blood moon. It is also the longest total eclipse in a century and was clearly visible in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The eclipse created a ‘blood moon’ which turned the surface of the moon into a red hue. The rare astrological event lasted for 2 hours – Venus, Saturn and Jupiter were clearly visible during the eclipse, adding another dimension to an already astounding view.

This was the first visible eclipse since 2011 in South Africa and the next one may only occur in Africa in 2025.

 

The blushing moon. #lunareclipse #capetown

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Nidha Narrandes

Nidha Narrandes is a food-obsessed travel addict with 19 years of journalism experience. She is happiest on a road to nowhere without a plan. A masterchef at home, she can't do without chilli - because chilli makes the world a tastier place.