Don’t miss the century’s longest lunar eclipse this week

In the USA, the lunar eclipse will start around 1:14 p.m. ET, and the maximum period of totality will start around 4:21 p.m. ET, making it too light outside for the blood moon to be visible, Petro said. "If you were on the Moon, you would see a total solar eclipse as the Earth would be blocking the Sun".

This is the fourth lunar eclipse this year, but it's the last one until 2021 viewable from Australia. Furthermore, the Moon will be at apogee, the farthest from the Earth in its orbit, on July 27 and will be moving at a slower speed in its orbit.

Though North Americans will get the worst view in the world of the historic eclipse, we'll still be able to witness the reddish colour of the moon, just not a gradual and lengthy transition like people in Europe and Africa will.

Who can see the blood moon this July? .

Andrew Batchelor, founder of Dundee Culture, said: "The longest lunar eclipse this century takes place on Friday".

"The blue light as it passes through the atmosphere is scattered more strongly, so you're left with the red light skimming over the Earth when the Earth is between the moon and the sun". By 10:15pm, it will be leaving Earth's shadow. It will take nearly two hours before the moon returns to normal. A Mars opposition is when the Earth lies between Mars and the sun, making the sun and Mars appear in opposite directions as viewed from the Earth.

During a total lunar eclipse, Earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the moon.

Mid-eclipse is at 21.21 BST and the "total" phase of the eclipse ends at 22.13. The lunar eclipse will be visible in India.

What time will you be able to see it?

However, going by the way we get excited on seeing the Moon or any other planet in our Solar System, we'll probably lose our minds if we're ever contacted by aliens. The moon, closest to the center of the shadow, will showcase the maximum eclipse at 1:51 am. This will coincide with the time of long Eclipse. This will result in Mars coming close to the Earth, causing it to appear brighter than normal and it will be seen from evening to dawn towards the end of July.

While the planet Mars will find itself directly opposite the sun on the celestial sphere with the Earth right in the middle of the action.

Vanessa Coleman