The first total lunar eclipse of 2011 – and the longest in over a decade amazed spectators across the world.
The moment of “totality”, when Earth’s shadow completely covered the moon, lasted 100 minutes.
Among those who came out to observe were many in Cairo’s Tahrir Square reflecting on recent momentous events there.
Some of the best views were from beneath the plume of volcanic ash currently spreading from Chile to Australia – ash and dust turned the deep lunar eclipse a coppery colour.
For others it was enough to look up and experience a moment of celestial wonder.