This week's Blood Moon will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century.
The entire phase of the eclipse – the night of July 27 through the early morning of July 28 – takes an hour and 43 minutes, but according to Space.com, the entire solar eclipse will take nearly four hours.
People in Africa and Asia will get the best outlook on the solar eclipse, and those in Europe, South America, and Australia will see partial views, according to US Today. The time of the greatest solar eclipse will be at 16:21. Eastern Time, and the total solar eclipse lasts from 3:30 to 1
But there is some bad news: If you are in North America, you will not be able to see it yourself (but there will be live video online)
A total Lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun are on opposite sides of the Earth, according to NASA. At this time, the earth blocks most of the sunlight that would normally hit the moon, leaving much of the moon in the shadow of the earth.
And the sunlight that passes through the Earth's atmosphere and reaches the moon makes the moon look red – because most of the blue light was filtered out of the Earth's atmosphere, NASA said.
This particular solar eclipse will be the longest since it takes place at the same time that the moon reaches its apogee, which is the farthest point from Earth's orbit, according to EarthSky. Since the moon is farthest and smallest, it will take longer to cross the shadow of the earth.
Stargazers can get another treat – the day the eclipse takes place is also on the same day that the planet Mars reaches its opposition, meaning that the planet is facing the sun and will shine brightly, so NASA. And on July 31, the Red Planet will be Earth's closest, since 2003.
EarthSky's longest total lunar eclipse of the 20th century occurred on July 16, 2000. This solar eclipse lasted 1 hour and 46.4 minutes.
Even if you're in North America, you can watch the eclipse online on July 27 via the Virtual Telescope Project website, which livestreams at 2:30 pm. Easter.
And if you're disappointed, you'll miss this eclipse, right, North America will get a glimpse of the next lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019 – "According to Space .com especially favor the viewers on the west coast. "