In pictures: total lunar eclipse, 27 July 2018

A total lunar eclipse - or 'blood Moon' - was visible to observers across much of Earth on 27 July 2018.

Zdenek Bardon, 
Sumava mountain, Czech Republic. Equipment: Nikon D810A, Takahashi FSQ106/530, tripod.

This celestial event occurs when Earth is positioned between the Sun and the Moon and sunlight passes through Earth’s atmosphere. This causes the light to be refracted so that the red portion of the spectrum is reflected onto the surface of the Moon creating a rusty red hue.

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While much of the UK was covered in cloud for the event, many readers around the world sent in their images of the eclipse. Below is our pick of some of the best astro images of the lunar eclipse sent in by you.