The Moon is engulfed in the Earth's shadow as it nears the peak of a rare winter solstice total lunar eclipse as viewed through a telescope from Palm Beach Gardens. Image Credit: Reuters

Al Ain: People across the emirates and much of the world would see the second total lunar eclipse of the year on Saturday.

Astronomers said the moon would become red at the time of total eclipse.

The eclipse begins at 3.33pm (UAE time) and the entire eclipse will end 9.30pm.

The eclipse will also be visible from all of Asia and Australia Eastern Europe, and North America.

This would be the second total eclipse of the year to be clearly visible in the UAE.

Earlier, people saw moon turning into a red ball with one of the century's longest total lunar eclipse on June 15.

The Earth's atmosphere filters out most of the blue coloured light during the eclipse leaving only orange and red colours to reach the human eyes, the astronomers explained.

The nature's grand spectacle has already created a great curiosity among the sky-watchers and a fear among those who believe that eclipses are punishments given to planets for the sins committed by human beings.

Shrouded moon

A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun's rays and casting a shadow on the moon. A similar spectacle appears at the time of sunset when sunlight becomes redish-orange.

Dubai Astronomy Group has announced to make arrangements for eclipse sighting at Zubair camp in Sharjah.

The group has invited professional and amateur astronomers as well as general public to witness this amazing spectacle from 6pm onwards.

Atif Hassan, an amateur astronomer in Al Ain, said a total of 85 total lunar eclipses will be taking place this century of which the longest total lunar eclipse will occur on July 27, 2018.

"This year alone, we have witnessed a partial solar eclipse on January 4, on June 1, only July 1, and November 25, and a total lunar eclipse on June 15," he said.

People, he said, always ask about the effects of the eclipse. It has no dangerous impact on human beings but many people associate their superstitions with this natural phenomenon.