Gallery: Last week in pictures

As the floods recede in southern France, the damage is clear. [AFP]

As the floods recede in southern France, the damage is clear. [AFP]

Combination photo shows: clockwise, top left moments during, after a total lunar eclipse: Reuters

Combination photo shows: clockwise, top left moments during, after a total lunar eclipse: Reuters

A blood-red moon has dazzled stargazers for the second time this year, presenting a spectacular view in the skies over the eastern hemisphere. The rare optical phenomenon has been best seen from Asia, Australia, North America and Russia’s Pacific region.

The latest total lunar eclipse started at 11:25 AM GMT and lasted for 59 minutes. Due to the Moon’s position in orbit, it appeared 5.3 percent larger than during the previous eclipse. The clouds, however, hid the celestial body for a while.

NASA and the SLOOH Community Observatory were streaming live video transmissions of the event.

The Moon turns red or orange when the moon lines up with the Sun and Earth and passes Earth’s shadow, called an umbra, reflecting the sunlight refracted by our atmosphere. A perfect alignment of Moon, Earth and the Sun is called perigee-syzygy. On such a rare occasion, the full Moon rapidly darkens and starts glowing red.

A new weather satellite is launched from Tanegashima, Japan. [Reuters]

A new weather satellite is launched from Tanegashima, Japan. [Reuters]

Great visibility across the Pyrenees. [Vicky Malpus]
by AJE Weather Team 10:35 AM yesterday

Great visibility across the Pyrenees. [Vicky Malpus]
by AJE Weather Team 10:35 AM yesterday

The blood moon, as seen from Gosford, just north of Sydney, Australia. [Reuters]

The blood moon, as seen from Gosford, just north of Sydney, Australia. [Reuters]

A Moroccan surfer is photographed as the Sun sets on the beach at Oued Charrat.

A Moroccan surfer is photographed as the Sun sets on the beach at Oued Charrat.

The moon turns orange during  total lunar eclipse behind the CN Tower, Toronto Oct 8, 2014. Reuters

The moon turns orange during total lunar eclipse behind the CN Tower, Toronto Oct 8, 2014. Reuters

The moon as seen from Cincinati Observatory

The moon as seen from Cincinati Observatory

The beginning of a total lunar eclipse is seen from the Qizhong Tennis Court in Shanghai. (Reuters)

The beginning of a total lunar eclipse is seen from the Qizhong Tennis Court in Shanghai. (Reuters)

Photo: Last night’s blood moon as viewed from a telescope from New Smyrna Beach, FL

Photo: Last night’s blood moon as viewed from a telescope from New Smyrna Beach, FL

Total Lunar Eclipse seen from New Ulm, Minnesota. Photo: Jason Tauer.

Total Lunar Eclipse seen from New Ulm, Minnesota. Photo: Jason Tauer.

Flooded France.

Flooded France.

Algeria army destroys kidnap camp, kills four militants. Photo: AFP

Algeria army destroys kidnap camp, kills four militants. Photo: AFP

Horse riders in traditional costumes at the annual Libyan equestrian festival, Benghazi. /Reuters

Horse riders in traditional costumes at the annual Libyan equestrian festival, Benghazi. /Reuters

Luca Di Montezemolo bids farewell to Ferrari GT division

Luca Di Montezemolo bids farewell to Ferrari GT division

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