In Pictures: Blood moon casts spell over skygazers across world but not in UK

The moon is framed by the Colosseum in Rome (Gregorio Borgia/AP) Credit: AP/Press Association Images

Skygazers had the chance to observe a blood moon on Friday as the Earth’s satellite took on a reddish hue.

The event was visible to much of the world’s population and was the longest blood moon of the century – but heavy clouds in the UK meant the spectacle was obscured for many.

No such luck on the London skyline, with not a celestial body in sight Credit: Yui Mok/PA
A blood moon rises over Tel Aviv, Israel Credit: Ariel Schalit/AP
There was some excitement from lightning flashes over Hull – but no moon on show Credit: Danny Lawson/PA
A blood moon rises over Gaza City Credit: Hatem Moussa/AP
The sky over Liverpool waterfront looked dramatic … but not in a lunar sense Credit: Peter Byrne/PA
The moon turns red as seen from Lucerne, Switzerland Credit: Urs Flueeler/PA
Even this telescope at Chilbolton Observatory near Stockbridge in Hampshire couldn’t help Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA
A blood moon rises over the Turkish capital, Ankara Credit: Burhan Ozbilici/AP
Clouds at Stonehenge in Wiltshire obscuring a view of the blood moon Credit: Steve Parsons/PA
The moon is framed by the Colosseum Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP
There was disappointment for these lunar fans on Primrose Hill in London Credit: Kirsty O’Connor/PA
Cloud begins to obscure the moon over Sydney, Australia Credit: Rick Rycroft/AP
Clouds over Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire were dense Credit: Joe Giddens/PA
The blood moon is seem with Mars on the bottom right (white dot) from Nairobi, Kenya Credit: Sayyid Abdul Azim/AP
The moon rises over Istanbul Credit: Emrah Gurel/AP