Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 06/15/2011

Lunar eclipse may cause moon to glow blood-red [LIVE VIDEO]

Aligning his camera on the same star for nine successive exposures, Sky & Telescope contributing photographer Akira Fujii captured this record of the Moon’s progress dead center through the Earth’s shadow in July 2000. (Courtesy Akira Fujii and Sky & Telescope)
This year’s first total lunar eclipse, when all or part of the sun’s light is blocked from the moon, will take place Wednesday for 100 minutes.

It will be the longest lunar eclipse in more than a decade and the ash and sulfur gas floating in the atmosphere from the Chilean volcano may cause the moon to glow blood red. But astronomy fans in the U.S. won’t be able to catch the rare celestial spectacle.

For those not in the the eastern half of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia, and western Australia to view the astronomical event, you can watch a live stream here at BlogPost from 2 to 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

Google is streaming the lunar eclipse through a partnership with Slooh Space Camera, reports Hayley Tsukayama.

For more on the science behind the lunar eclipse, visit Capital Weather Gang.

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