Flower moon blooms in Australian skies

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A blood red moon has graced Australia's skies, with the partial lunar eclipse the first since a full eclipse in May.

Onlookers around Australia on Friday were able to witness the lunar eclipse - when the earth sits between the moon and sun - for an unusually long duration, a total of six hours and two minutes.

Of the capital cities, moon-gazers in Brisbane enjoyed perhaps the most cloudless skies for a particularly clear view of the glowing orb.

The almost-perfect 99.1 per cent coverage of the moon by earth's umbra creates a dark reddish hue, as the light from the earth's atmosphere is refracted onto it.

Friday night's spectacle is also known as a flower moon, the last full moon before the summer solstice.

The partial eclipse was visible around the country, and will also be seen from North America, South America and parts of Europe and Asia.

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