Don't miss tonight's lunar eclipse

Lunar eclipse. /COURTESY

Lunar eclipse. /COURTESY

If you're located anywhere in North America, you won't be able to see tomorrow's total lunar least not by stepping outside.

"Such long duration of total lunar eclipses had occurred on July 16, 2000 for a totality duration of one hour 46 minutes and another on June 15, 2011 for a totality duration of one hour 40 minutes".

Slooh will broadcast the entire lunar eclipse on its YouTube channel, which should go live at 1:00 p.m. EDT (17:00 UT).

The partial eclipse of the moon will start around 11.54 pm Indian Standard Time on July 27, with the total eclipse beginning at 1 am on July 28.

The next lunar eclipse of such length will happen in 2123.

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The last time Mars was bigger and brighter than this was in 2003, when it was less than 56 million kilometres away from Earth. The second phase of the eclipse will start from 2:43 am IST, wherein a partial lunar eclipse will be taking place.

The eclipse will turn the light color of the moon to deep red.

There's going to be quite a show going on in Space on Friday night as a total lunar eclipse and Mars get together in the night sky.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow.

It's when you can see an eclipsed Moon on the western horizon, as well as the rising Sun on the eastern horizon.

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The eclipse should be visible from all parts of India however clody skies are set to mar the fun in many parts of the country including Delhi-NCR which is witnessing heavy rains for the last couple of days. So let me ask one question: can the earth be flat with a curved shadow? The rare phenomenon of the longest 'blood moon' eclipse will be visible in India as well. It will also have astronomers on hand to offer commentary on the history and science of lunar eclipses on Facebook Live. You don't need a telescope to watch a total lunar eclipse, at least NASA believes that.

A blood moon in San Francisco on January 31st, 2018.

"Dem yelebesech chereka", some murmured - Amharic for "blood moon".

The full eclipse will begin at approximately 9:13 p.m. UTC, which is just 5:13 p.m. EST, making it impossible to see from anywhere in the United States, Canada, Central America, or Greenland. It happens because, when the sunlight enters Earth's atmosphere which is blocking, the light gets refracted in such a way that the green to violet wavelengths on the visible spectrum scatter more strongly than the red, thus giving the moon a reddish cast.

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