Gujarat Science City's senior scientist Narottam Sahoo earlier said, "This will be the darkest lunar eclipse in 87 years as the centres of the sun, the earth and the moon would be nearly in one straight line."
"The last such lunar eclipse was observed on August 6, 1971 and the next one will be 47 years from now on, on June 6, 2058," added Sahoo.
Experts said that the earth will move directly in between the moon and the sun causing a total lunar eclipse which occurs when the earth's shadow falls on the moon.
Apart from India, the eclipse will be visible in the eastern half of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia. Sky-gazers in Europe will miss the phenomenon since the initial stages of the eclipse will occur before moonrise.