How to watch the longest 'blood moon' eclipse of the century

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For about half the world, the moon will be partly or fully in Earth's shadow from 1714 to 2328 GMT - six hours and 14 minutes in all. The full eclipse starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT and ends at 5:13.

Although Mars is visible in the night sky all year round, it will be extremely bright on July 27.

And since the planet will also be the closest to Earth as its been in more than a decade, it will appear relatively big and bright in the night sky if you look to the south.

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On Saturday morning, Kiwis will be able to see an eclipsed Moon and the Sun in the sky at the same time.

During a total eclipse, the Earth completely obscures sunlight from directly hitting the moon as the sun, the Earth and the moon will be in ideal alignment. "This red tint comes from a filtering effect of the Earth's atmosphere.so the intensity of the coloring will depend on the state of the atmosphere".

Before we had explanations before what causes the moon to appear red, ancient cultures often feared the worst. However, for the people of North America, the Moon would be below the horizon due to which, they would have to miss this chance.

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During the total eclipse - due to begin at 7.30am - the moon would appear much fainter than it usually appeared, and coloured between dark brown and blood red.

And do not forget to try and catch the event as soon as you can because the moon will only be in a state of total eclipse until 11.15 pm when it will start to emerge and regain its normal appearance.

The blood moon will last for one hour and 43 minutes, just shy of the theoretical limit of a lunar eclipse which is one hour and 47 minutes. A "Blood Moon" occurs when the moon lines up with the Earth and sun, with the Earth's atmosphere refracting the light onto the moon causing it to turn red. For viewers across India, the eclipse, both partial and total, will be visible in its entirety from all parts of the country.

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"It's safe to say the viewing across Australia will generally be pretty good; most of the capital cities will be able to see something", Ms Sturrock told AAP. Since the moon will be at its farthest point from earth, it will take more time to pass through earth's shadow.

BSS will host a seminar on lunar eclipse addressed by senior scientist Jayant Murthy of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, to dismiss myths and superstitions.

What do you need to watch the chandra grahan? "In other words, the moon is taking nearly the longest possible path through Earth's shadow".

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Astronomers' telescopes aimed at the blood moon have seen this happening, as well as another mysterious phenomenon - seemingly random spots of heat, often concentrated around craters.

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