Excited sky gazers enjoyed a rare celestial event on Saturday evening - a total lunar eclipse.

The event was visible in several parts of Asia, Australia and North America. But in some parts of India, bad weather and clouds blocked a proper view.

The moon appeared like a blood-red disk because of the eclipse. The event lasted last for up to three hours as the Earth's shade moved across the moon.

"When the shadow first starts to move across the moon it's quite dark, but by the time you go into totality you're getting scattered light through the atmosphere that will brighten up the Moon and make it appear reddish," the ABC News has quoted Australian astronomer Dr Tanya Hill as saying.

According to the BBC, viewers in the western half of the U.S. can catch the best views well before dawn (Pacific and Mountain Standard Time).

Experts have said this will be the last total lunar eclipse until 2014.

Certain phases of the event have been captured below:

A total lunar eclipse is seen from Tomisato, Chiba prefecture, JapanReuters
A full moon rises above the Verdugo Mountains in Burbank, California.Reuters
A shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse as seen from Tokyo.Reuters
The lunar eclipse sets over the North Shore of Oahu in Haleiwa.Reuters
Earth's shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse viewed through the arch supports of the Sydney Harbour BridgeReuters