Australian night owls will be treated to a lunar eclipse, and ash in the atmosphere from a Chilean volcano could turn it blood red.
The Sydney Observatory says the eclipse will begin at 3:25 a.m. Thursday (1:25 p.m. EDT, 5:25 p.m. GMT Wednesday) and last until after 5 a.m.
Scientists say the specific phenomenon happening Thursday _ known as a "deep lunar eclipse" _ often exudes a coppery color. But the intensity of the color depends on the amount of ash and dust in the atmosphere. Luckily for moon-gazers, there's plenty of ash in the air. Air travelers haven't been so lucky: The ash has grounded hundreds of flights around the region.
Scientists say the eclipse can be safely observed with the naked eye.