While some people are scared of it, some are just plain curious. For the curious lot, the major question is where should they be while the moon passes through the shadow
of the Earth, or in other words, when the sun, Earth and moon all lie on a straight line between 23.53pm and 3.32am tonight in India.
The total lunar eclipse tonight will last for around 100 minutes. Why is it a big deal? The last time we experienced a total lunar eclipse in India was on August 6, 1971, 40 years ago and the next time we may get to see it will be after 47 years on June 6, 2058. While one needs to take extra precaution and get special gear to observe solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are completely safe to observe with the naked eye and regular lenses.
A total, 100-minute-long lunar eclipse will be visible in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
If you’re not from those parts, Google and Slooh have prepared a myriad of options that let you enjoy the lunar eclipse from the relative safety of your couch.
Perhaps the simplest way to watch the lunar eclipse is to tune into the live streaming video on Google’s official YouTube channel.
You can also follow the event on Slooh’s mission interface, together with narration from astronomers, or you can watch it from the Sky layer in Google Earth by downloading this .kml file. Finally, you can see images from the eclipse on your Android phone by downloading the Slooh Space Camera Android app.