On Friday, residents across the UAE got a chance to witness in detail the 21st century's longest total lunar eclipse, as people in the country turned their eyes to the sky to catch a glimpse of the rare celestial phenomenon.

The eclipse gave rise to a 'blood moon', which occurs when the moon changes hues from bright white to blood red as the sun's rays are reflected through the earth's atmosphere.

In total, it lasted just over an hour and 42 minutes and residents went all out to capture this incredible moment. Let's take a look at eight of the most beautiful pictures taken in the UAE:

1. Absolutely mesmerizing...

2. Sheikh Hamdan shared this incredible photo on his Instagram account

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4. What an incredible shot!

5. From Ras Al Khaimah, UAE...

6. "A once-in-a-lifetime experience"

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8. The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century lasted for just under 103 minutes