A close approach through Mars will light up the sky all night Friday, July 27, and many parts of the world will simultaneously be able to catch a "blood moon" in a rare astronomical double settlement.  Those outside the observation zone can follow the event online through the Virtual Telescope Project.
The Friday Redmond comes as part of the. The sun, the earth and the moon will line up and our planet will cast a reddish shadow on our moon buddy. So it gets the dramatic sounding nickname "Blood Moon".
Mars will also be part of the show because the Red Planet and the Sun will be on opposite sides of the Earth, a phenomenon known as the Mars Opposition. Mars is approaching its next access to Earth since 2003 and makes it appear very bright in the sky. Their appearance near the Bloodmoon after sunset will give the viewers a double vision in red.
The solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Australia, Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. Excuse me, North America, you have to look online instead.
The Virtual Telescope Project will build a livestream camera at the Roman Forum on the Palatine Hill in Rome, overlooking the Coliseum and the Arch of Constantine. That should provide a pretty dramatic backdrop. The livestream will start on Friday at 11:30.
This will be a great way for North Americans to get an idea of the event. And it can also be a backup option for people in the solar eclipse observation zone when the sky is cloudy.
The weather forecast for Rome is currently demanding clear conditions on Friday. If so, then the Virtual Telescope project of Mars and Moon should be spectacular.
And if you can not catch that Bloodmoon, do not worry. The next will come in January and will be visible from Europe and America.
First published on July 23, 10:50 PT.
Update, July 26, 12:35 pm PT.: Adds additional information about the lunar eclipse and when the next bloodmoon will be visible.