Mars. We are overtaking Mars (coincidentally, on the morning of the eclipse) so we are unusually
close to it. Mars is noticeably orange this month, because it is so bright.
Can I take a photo?
You won't see much if you photograph the Moon directly with an ordinary camera - it will look very small.
You need to magnify the view - you can do this by holding a cellphone camera at the eyepiece of a telescope. It takes some practice but it can be done.
The next lunar eclipse for South Africa is Jan 2019, but we only see the start, and
we'll have to get up early for it. The next decent total lunar eclipse for South Africa is Sep 2025.
Why doesn't it happen every month?
The Earth, Moon and Sun need to be nearly perfectly lined up for an eclipse to happen.
The Moon is quite far from us - if the Earth was a tennis ball, the Moon would be a fizzpop two metres from the tennis ball. You try
and line them up so the fizzpop goes through the shadow of the tennis ball.