Two weeks before the much-awaited solar eclipse, the Moon clips Earth's umbra to create a partial lunar eclipse visible from the Eastern Hemisphere.
North American observers can watch the Moon flirt with Earth’s shadow on the evening of February 10th.
Not only will the Moon will be totally eclipsed this Friday, but Mars will be at opposition and shine in tandem with the red Moon all night!
It won't be a great year for lunar eclipses, with a deep penumbral event on February 11th and a partial on August 7th. But an annular solar eclipse is observable from the Southern Hemisphere on February 26th, and a total solar eclipse crosses the continental U.S. on August 21st.
For the second time this year, North Americans will have an opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse. But you'll need to be a night owl or early riser: the full Moon passes through the dark inner part of Earth's shadow well after midnight.