A lunar eclipse on Wednesday June 15 is set to take hold of the skies and marvel not only astronomy fans out there but a general audience as well for its rarity.
Unlike solar eclipses that can be appreciated for a couple of minutes using eye protecting filters, this lunar eclipse will be a 1 hour and 40 minute spectacle in its totality phase with no real threat to the naked eye.
The moon's color is expected to change from silver to orange and to red as it gradually moves into the Earth's shadow but can vary in tones depending on the amount of dust and clouds at the time of the eclipse.
Although the U.S. and Canada will have no chance to contemplate this phenomenal display this time, thanks to the internet, live streaming services will be made available in order to avoid missing out in this event - click here to watch it live - which will be visible beginning at 15:12:36 EST, which is mid-afternoon in the US.
The eclipse will be entirely viewable from eastern Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Western Australia.
The next lunar eclipse is set to occur on December 20, 2011 and will not be visible from the U.S. either. The next visible lunar eclipse visible from the U.S. is staged for April 15 2014.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly through the Earth's shadow and is blocked from receiving the sunlight illumination.