SingAstro member Chin Zong Yang, 26, said, ahead of the event: "Tonight's lunar eclipse will be special because it is the longest of the century - lasting one hour and 43 minutes - in addition to the Mars opposition".
Unlike like a solar eclipse, it is entirely safe to look directly at a lunar eclipse, and Friday's eclipse offered sky-watchers more time than usual to look.
While the eclipse was not visible in North America and those in South America only caught a glimpse of it at moonrise, residents will want to mark their calendars for the next total lunar eclipse, which falls on January 21, 2019.
When the three celestial bodies are perfectly lined up, however, the Earth's atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun while refracting or bending red light onto the moon, usually giving it a rosy blush.
"There is no reason to believe that blood moons foretell doom", said Massey.
Rain and cloudy skies could prevent sky gazers from watching Friday's lunar eclipse in Delhi, the city's Nehru Planetarium has said.
"The moon should turn red, a little coppery and Mars, nicknamed the "red planet", will be next, very bright, with a slightly orange hue", he said to AFP.
Thousands of Australians rose in the pre-dawn twilight, braving the winter chill on Saturday to marvel at a spectacular celestial display - a glowing red moon and a shimmering Mars.
At 1.13am, the moon began to pass through the Earth's shadow, darkening gradually, although the darkening was not apparent to the naked eye.
Of the 7.4 billion people on Earth, about 7 billion people could - in theory - see the eclipse, except for those in North America and Greenland, where time of day didn't allow. From some places, the entire eclipse will be visible, while in other areas the Moon will rise or set during the eclipse.
The moon is framed by the Colosseum during a complete lunar eclipse, in Rome, Friday, July 27, 2018.
For those in the Middle East and Madagascar, the eclipse will occur about midnight, and people in Europe and Africa will have the best view between sunset and midnight.
During a regular supermoon, the full moon appears up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.
The moon was also at the farthest point on its orbit from Earth, making its movement across the sky slower from our perspective, thus spending longer in the dark.
But don't worry, even if you don't manage to find the flawless spot to see the red moon coming over the horizon, you'll still be able to get a good view once it rises in the sky.