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Rare lunar eclipse

<p>The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse from Cairo June 15, 2011. During the eclipse, the earth is lined up directly between the sun and the moon, casting the earth's shadow over the moon. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh  </p>

The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse from Cairo June 15, 2011. During the eclipse, the earth is lined up directly between the sun and the moon, casting the earth's shadow over the moon. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse from Cairo June 15, 2011. During the eclipse, the earth is lined up directly between the sun and the moon, casting the earth's shadow over the moon. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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<p>The moon is seen behind the wall of Damascus gate in Jerusalem Old City during a total lunar eclipse June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

The moon is seen behind the wall of Damascus gate in Jerusalem Old City during a total lunar eclipse June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias

The moon is seen behind the wall of Damascus gate in Jerusalem Old City during a total lunar eclipse June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A man helps a boy look through a telescope during a total lunar eclipse in Brasilia June 15, 2011.


REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino </p>

A man helps a boy look through a telescope during a total lunar eclipse in Brasilia June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

A man helps a boy look through a telescope during a total lunar eclipse in Brasilia June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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<p>Combination photo shows the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Combination photo shows the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Combination photo shows the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A shadow falls on the moon during a lunar eclipse in Doha June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad </p>

A shadow falls on the moon during a lunar eclipse in Doha June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad

A shadow falls on the moon during a lunar eclipse in Doha June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad

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<p>Residents look at the moon during a partial lunar eclipse under the Roman pillars of the Temple of Hercules in Amman June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji  </p>

Residents look at the moon during a partial lunar eclipse under the Roman pillars of the Temple of Hercules in Amman June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

Residents look at the moon during a partial lunar eclipse under the Roman pillars of the Temple of Hercules in Amman June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

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<p>People gather to look at the moon during a lunar eclipse in Beirut June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi </p>

People gather to look at the moon during a lunar eclipse in Beirut June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

People gather to look at the moon during a lunar eclipse in Beirut June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

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<p>The shadow of the earth falls on the moon during a total lunar eclipse, in Lyon June 15, 2011.  REUTERS/Robert Pratta</p>

The shadow of the earth falls on the moon during a total lunar eclipse, in Lyon June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Robert Pratta

The shadow of the earth falls on the moon during a total lunar eclipse, in Lyon June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Robert Pratta

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<p>A shadow falls on the moon during a partial lunar eclipse, at the Vittoriano monument on Piazza Venezia in Rome June 15, 2011.  REUTERS/Tony Gentile </p>

A shadow falls on the moon during a partial lunar eclipse, at the Vittoriano monument on Piazza Venezia in Rome June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

A shadow falls on the moon during a partial lunar eclipse, at the Vittoriano monument on Piazza Venezia in Rome June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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<p>The shadow of the earth falls on the moon during a total lunar eclipse in Malaga, southern Spain, late June 15, 2011. Picture taken using a long exposure. REUTERS/Jon Nazca  </p>

The shadow of the earth falls on the moon during a total lunar eclipse in Malaga, southern Spain, late June 15, 2011. Picture taken using a long exposure. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

The shadow of the earth falls on the moon during a total lunar eclipse in Malaga, southern Spain, late June 15, 2011. Picture taken using a long exposure. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

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<p>The Moon is seen in Dubai during a lunar eclipse, marking the beginning of the third week of the Islamic month of Rajab, June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh</p>

The Moon is seen in Dubai during a lunar eclipse, marking the beginning of the third week of the Islamic month of Rajab, June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh

The Moon is seen in Dubai during a lunar eclipse, marking the beginning of the third week of the Islamic month of Rajab, June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh

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<p>A man uses a telescope as he tries to view the eclipse of the moon in Kuala Lumpur June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad </p>

A man uses a telescope as he tries to view the eclipse of the moon in Kuala Lumpur June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

A man uses a telescope as he tries to view the eclipse of the moon in Kuala Lumpur June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

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<p>A shadow falls on the moon during a lunar eclipse, at the ancient Colosseum in Rome June 15, 2011.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi  </p>

A shadow falls on the moon during a lunar eclipse, at the ancient Colosseum in Rome June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

A shadow falls on the moon during a lunar eclipse, at the ancient Colosseum in Rome June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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<p>An aircraft flies as the shadow of the earth falls on the moon during a total lunar eclipse in Malaga, southern Spain, late June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jon Nazca </p>

An aircraft flies as the shadow of the earth falls on the moon during a total lunar eclipse in Malaga, southern Spain, late June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

An aircraft flies as the shadow of the earth falls on the moon during a total lunar eclipse in Malaga, southern Spain, late June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

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<p>A heavy machine gun on a rebel fighter's vehicle is pictured against the moon during a total lunar eclipse in Benghazi June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany</p>

A heavy machine gun on a rebel fighter's vehicle is pictured against the moon during a total lunar eclipse in Benghazi June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany

A heavy machine gun on a rebel fighter's vehicle is pictured against the moon during a total lunar eclipse in Benghazi June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany

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<p>A full lunar eclipse is seen from the village of Marsascala in the south of Malta June 15, 2011.  REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi </p>

A full lunar eclipse is seen from the village of Marsascala in the south of Malta June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

A full lunar eclipse is seen from the village of Marsascala in the south of Malta June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

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<p>Clouds partly obscure a lunar eclipse near the Rote Rathaus city hall in Berlin June 16, 2011.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter </p>

Clouds partly obscure a lunar eclipse near the Rote Rathaus city hall in Berlin June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Clouds partly obscure a lunar eclipse near the Rote Rathaus city hall in Berlin June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse over the skies in Sofia June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov </p>

The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse over the skies in Sofia June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

The moon is seen during a lunar eclipse over the skies in Sofia June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

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<p>A lunar eclipse is visible among cables on the Anzac Bridge in Sydney in the early hours of June 16, 2011.    REUTERS/Tim Wimborne   </p>

A lunar eclipse is visible among cables on the Anzac Bridge in Sydney in the early hours of June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A lunar eclipse is visible among cables on the Anzac Bridge in Sydney in the early hours of June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A lunar eclipse is visible through a gap in storm clouds over Sydney in the early hours of June 16, 2011.    REUTERS/Tim Wimborne   </p>

A lunar eclipse is visible through a gap in storm clouds over Sydney in the early hours of June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A lunar eclipse is visible through a gap in storm clouds over Sydney in the early hours of June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A shadow falls on the moon during a lunar eclipse as seen from Amman June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji</p>

A shadow falls on the moon during a lunar eclipse as seen from Amman June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

A shadow falls on the moon during a lunar eclipse as seen from Amman June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

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<p>A shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

A shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Jerusalem June 15, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A shadow falls on the moon during a total lunar eclipse as seen at the University of the Philippines PAG-ASA Astronomical Observatory in Manila June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo </p>

A shadow falls on the moon during a total lunar eclipse as seen at the University of the Philippines PAG-ASA Astronomical Observatory in Manila June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

A shadow falls on the moon during a total lunar eclipse as seen at the University of the Philippines PAG-ASA Astronomical Observatory in Manila June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

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