A total lunar eclipse on June 16, 2011 (Philippine Time) was visible in Manila & other parts of the country.  The deep lunar eclipse, said to be the longest in more than a decade, had turned the moon blood red.

Experts said the moon usually turns brown during an eclipse, but on Thursday it turned reddish reportedly caused by the amount of ash in the Earth's atmosphere, a clear indication of pollution up in the air.

The eclipse began at 1:24 AM (PT) & peaked at 4:12 AM.  It was at around 5 AM when the blood-red moon spectacular occured.

Astronomers from the state weather bureau said Filipinos are so lucky to have witnessed the phenomenon clearly & in full, unlike in other areas where spectators had to contend with dense cloud cover & even rain.

Besides the Philippines, reports say that the terrestrial shadow was also visible over Europe, South America, Western Africa, Australia, & Western Asia.

Accoording to Wikipedia, it was a “rare central lunar eclipse in which the center point of Earth's shadow passes across the Moon.”  The next central total lunar eclipse will occur on July 27, 2018.

The June 16, 2011 total lunar eclipse was the 1st of two such eclipses this year.  The 2nd lunar eclipse is expected to take place on December 10th.