Earth's shadow starts to take a "bite" out of the full moon during the June 15 total lunar eclipse, as seen from Lucknow, India. (Take a moon myths and mysteries quiz.)
From Indonesia to New Zealand, viewers saw the moon's face slowly eaten away by the initial stages of the lunar eclipse just before the moon set on June 16. Except for northern Scotland and Scandinavia, most of Europe as well as eastern South America and western Africa saw totality get underway around local moonrise.
The best locations for viewing the entire eclipse were eastern Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and the western tip of Australia, according to Burress.
This celestial event wasn't visible from North America, unfortunately for Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. eclipse hunters, who will have to wait until December 10, when western parts of the continent will be treated to the next lunar eclipse.