According to NASA, the full lunar eclipse will last 1 hour and 43 minutes, while it will be partially visible for 3 hours and 55 minutes.
'This lunar eclipse is a very long one, people are scared and have a perception that it's a bad thing, ' he told the Khaleej Times.
On July 31, Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, will be 57.6 million kilometres from Earth, the closest it has been since 2003 when it came within 55.7 million kilometres, which was the nearest in almost 60,000 years.
There was a total lunar eclipse in January of this year. That is why Earth takes a little more than 365 days to go round the Sun and Mars takes 687 days. This year Mars will be at its opposition on July 27. This is when the Sun, Earth and Mars will be lined up perfectly, with Mars on the opposite side of Earth from the Sun. The next time Mars is closer than it was in 2003 will be only in 2287! At that time, Mars will be up all night long, from dusk until dawn, and it will be crossing the sky with the Full Thunder Moon - the smallest, most distant "apogee" Full Moon of 2018.
Mars comes close enough for these exceptional viewing occasions only once or twice every 15 or 17 years, he added. Thus, this is the biggest and brightest Mars we'll see in roughly 32 years!
Mars will be only 57.6 million kilometres from Earth on this date. Back in 2003, the distance had shrunk to 55.7 million kilometre, the closest in nearly 60,000 years! On July 29, it will align itself and come closest to Earth since 2003. Mars' next closest approach will be in 2035.
The South Polar region and the ice caps on it will be nicely visible from Earth through a moderate size telescope, Duari said.
Not only the lunar eclipse, but planet Mars can also be witnessed at the end of July. But the closest approach will be on July 31, when it will be so bright and big that it can be plainly viewed with the naked eye between sunset andsunrise,"Duari said".