How to Watch the Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century on Friday

Get ready for the longest lunar eclipse of the century this Friday, July 27—if you’re lucky enough to live or travel in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Artist’s rendering of the stages of a lunar eclipse.

On Friday, the full moon will pass through the shadow of the earth and turn a red for over an hour (103 minutes to be exact). The “blood moon” will last 26 minutes longer than the last record-setting lunar eclipse in January. People around the world will be able to see the “blood moon.” While the best view will be in Central Asia, stargazers and moonwatchers from Brazil to Japan will be able to watch the progress of the eclipse. Just head outside at 17:14 Universal time (1:14 pm ET) when the partial phase of the eclipse begins. The full eclipse starts at 19:30 UTC.

Unfortunately, those of us in North America are out of luck. Unfortunately, if you live in the United States or Canada you won’t be able to watch the eclipse. By the time the moon rises over North America, the eclipse is over. The only exception? A tiny part of Newfoundland! We will have to wait for the next full lunar eclipse visible over the U.S. on January 21, 2019.

Don’t worry if you live in the U.S.! This is 2018 and the eclipse will be live-streamed by professional astronomers on science site, Slooh. Check it out!