While Mars may not be immediately visible without the right equipment, nonetheless, it would be an exciting opportunity to view the bright red planet right next to the red (eclipsed) Moon on that night.
The next time we will see a similarly long eclipse will be on August 6/7, 2036, which will last for six hours and 12 minutes from start to finish.
Hundreds of people in Australia paid to watch the eclipse from the Sydney Observatory before sunrise.
Mars is reaching its opposition, when it's in alignment on the opposite side of the Earth and the sun. During the eclipse, the Earth will be moving directly between the Sun and the Moon. It wasn't visible in the USA, but it could be seen from places like South America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
At 8.24pm, the moon will start moving into the umbral shadow of the earth.
In a total lunar eclipse, the Moon passes through the core of Earth's shadow, often turning red-orange due to the bending of sunlight through Earth's atmosphere. It is expected to last for at least two hours. According to NASA, India is one of the best places to watch the total lunar eclipse.
"However, we won't see all of this eclipse, as the Moon will already be deep in the shadow as it rises above the horizon from Ireland", said a spokesperson for the Irish Astronomical Association.
East coast viewers will see the blood moon at its fullest at about 5.30am, with the Earth, moon and sun in ideal alignment. He will be speaking about the relevance of a lunar eclipse.
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In fact, in the Book of Revelation chapter 6 verses 11 - 13, where verse 12 says: "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great natural disaster; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood".
According to some Hindu beliefs, celestial bodies such as the sun and moon emit negative energy during an eclipse and so some temples in India were closed to minimise any disturbance.
The lunar eclipse will coincide with the closest approach of Mars to Earth, PTI reported.
For thousands of years, man has looked to the heavens for omens of doom, victory and joy.
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"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". Nearly two weeks after, on August 11, 2018, another partial solar eclipse will take place.
The lunar eclipse over Warsaw, Poland. In fact, this phenomenon of the moon appearing small is called micro moon. This happens only when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned, with Earth in the middle.
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