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The moon is seen above the Oriental Pearl during a total lunar eclipse on July 28, 2018 in Shanghai, China. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

On Friday night, Mars got closer to Earth than it has in the past 15 years, as the moon saw "the longest 'blood moon' eclipse of the century," National Geographic reports.

The details: Totality lasted for almost two hours, CNN reports. It wasn't visible to people in North America and the Western Hemisphere, as the eclipse took place during daytime hours.

A view of total lunar eclipse seen from Palembang city, South Sumatra Province, Indonesia on July 28, 2018. Photo: M. Tohir / Barcroft Media via Getty Images
A 'blood moon' eclipse and stars are seen over the roof of the Chambord Castle in Chambord, France. Photo: Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty Images
The moon is seen above a tower in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images.
The view of the "blood moon" from Athens. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images
The Lunar eclipse viewed from Rome. Photo: Silvia Lore/NurPhoto via Getty Images
People watch the Lunar eclipse over Tuggerah Lake in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Tony Feder/Getty Images
People watching the eclipse in Melbourne, Australia. Photo William West/AFP/Getty Images

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) speaks during a news conference in December with a group of bipartisan lawmakers. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Vaccine distribution, pandemic data and a cross-party comity dominated today's virtual meeting between White House officials and a bipartisan group of 16 senators, Senator Angus King told Axios.

Why it matters: Given Democrats' razor-thin majority in both chambers of Congress, President Biden will have to rely heavily on this group of centrist lawmakers — dubbed the "Sweet 16" — to pass any substantial legislation.

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