Skywatcher Giuseppe Petricca shot this image of a total lunar eclipse on September 27, 2015 from Pisa, Italy, about 2 minutes before the lunar eclipse Beginning of the totality phase.
Credit: Giuseppe Petricca
Today's total lunar eclipse dazzles people all over the world, but what can you do when you're on the wrong side of the world and how much time you have before it's too late? Here's what you need to know to make the most of the July 27 phenomenon:
First, act quickly: The solar eclipse peaks at 4:21
(While that does not seem like much time, that's an incredibly long lunar eclipse – today's solar eclipse is the longest of the century and only four minutes shorter than the longest astronomical event possible.)
If you're in America, you can not see it for yourself, so use one of the livestreams scattered around the world by astronomers and observatories around the world: Britain, Italy, Israel, Namibia, and more
And if you miss the totality, do not panic; There is more to see. There is a second heavenly spectacle on the agenda today, the opposition of Mars, in which the planet will appear incredibly bright as it sits directly opposite the sun. And of course, the moon will slowly sneak out of the shadow of the earth and gradually return to its usual silvery self.