There will also be a bonus in that during totality the bright blue star Spica will be situated below and to the right of the Moon which should provide a stunning color contrast. Old-timers like me will recall a very similar configuration that occurred between Spica and the totally eclipsed Moon on Good Friday in 1968 (April 12).
For North America, another total lunar eclipse will be available on October 8, 2014 although the Moon will set during totality as seen from the eastern part of the country.
ALSO: Mars will make its closest approach since January 2008, coming to within 57.4 million miles. You’ll see Mars appearing as a brilliant yellow-orange “star” shining with a steady, sedate glow well to the right and above the soon-to-be eclipsed Full Moon that night.