The total lunar eclipse that took place on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, is the most beautiful total and the longest lunar eclipse the people of this world has seen in a decade. The total lunar eclipse was visible for over 107 minutes in different parts of Asia, Europe and Africa. The partial eclipse lasted for three hours and 40 minutes. People in Australia, Singapore, India were among the first to see the beautiful lunar eclipse. The people in the UK, different countries in Europe and Africa also witnessed the rare moment. However, people in North America failed to see the lunar eclipse live, with their own eyes as it ended shortly before 7 p.m. EST. According to astronomers, only 3 lunar eclipses in the past decade have rivaled the beauty and duration of what people witnessed on Wednesday. The lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the earth’s shadow and can only happen at full moon. One of the major differences between a lunar and solar eclipse is that a lunar eclipse can be viewed from across the entire night side of the earth (depending on the weather). The next lunar eclipse is set to occur on December 20, 2011, and will not be visible from the U.S. either. The next visible lunar eclipse visible from the U.S. is staged for April 15, 2014.