When does the lunar eclipse start?
The lunar eclipse will last 1 hour and 43 minutes long, close to the theoretical longest lunar eclipse possible and the longest of the 21st century.
"We have a rare and interesting conjunction of phenomena", Pascal Descamps, an astronomer with the Paris Observatory, told AFP.
Viewers in India will be able to witness the entire event, though some parts of the North-East might miss out on some of the action.
Rain clouds and thunderstorms could prevent skygazers from seeing the "blood moon" lunar eclipse on Friday as forecasters warn of torrential downpours across eastern parts of Great Britain. The Middle East, west and central Asia, as well as major parts of Africa will join India in spotting these celestial phenomena.
However, the drop in natural light pollution during the total lunar eclipse will allow people to see more of the dimmer meteors. Everything is over by 7:28 p.m.
Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is easy and safe to enjoy with a naked eye, says Francisco Diego, an astronomer from University College London.
The moon is at its farthest distance away from Earth during this eclipse, so this will be a Blood Micro Moon, meaning it will appear smaller in the sky.
As it lines up with the Earth and sun, the rising full moon will darken and change from silver to rusty or terrible blood red.
Southern star-gazers are about to get a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse at a "blood moon" like no other.
Life on the Moon could have originated much as it did on Earth but the more likely scenario is that it would have been brought in by a meteorite, Schulze-Makuch said.
The partial eclipse begins when the moon first touches the penumbra or outer shadow of Earth.
Due to dust in the atmosphere from recent volcanic eruptions, the red color should be deeper than usual.
According to CNN, the moon will be in flawless alignment with the sun and Earth, with the moon in the middle of the Earth and the sun.
Fiery Mars will add to the spectacle as it appears directly below the blood moon at close to its maximum brightness. It will signal the opposite of the well-known "supermoon" - a relatively tiny-looking moon called a "micromoon". From the moon's vantage point, the Earth would appear to be surrounded by a 25,000-mile-around ring of fire.
Be very afraid - a "blood moon" is coming, accompanied by Mars, the God of War, shining more fiercely than it has for years.
"All you have to do is dress warmly and go outside!" the Royal Astronomical Society advises.