Red moon eclipse for some skygazers - VIDEO

A SPECTACULAR lunar eclipse that lasted an unusally long time has given watches around the world an unexpected treat - watch our video report.

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Lunar eclipse: Viewed from Srinagar, India, early Thursday, June 16, 2011. Photo: AP/Dar Yasin.

Lunar eclipse: Viewed from Srinagar, India, early Thursday, June 16, 2011. Photo: AP/Dar Yasin.

Star gazers in Africa, western Australia, central Asia and the Middle East were given the rare treat on Wednesday night.

It was the first lunar eclipse of the year and the longest in more than a decade, which turned the moon a blood red colour.

The terrestrial shadow started to fall at 6.24pm BST and lifted just before midnight.

The “totality”, which is when the lunar face is completely covered, lasted 100 minutes, which scientists said was the longest since July 2000.