On Sunday, the Americas will experience their first total lunar eclipse of the year, a Blood Moon.

The moon will be bathed in the reflected red and orange hues of Earths sunsets and sunrises for about 1 12 hours . The eclipse will be seen in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East in partial stages .

CAPE CANAVERAL: This weekend, a complete lunar eclipse will be visible on the night skies, providing longer than average thrills to stargazers in North and South America.The celestial activity unfolds Sunday night into early Monday morning, with the moon bathed in the reflected red and orange hues of Earth's sunsets and sunrises for about 1 12 hours, one of the longest totalities of the decade.It will be the first so-called blood moon in a year.Weather permitting, spectators in the eastern half of North America and all of Central and South America will have prime seats for the entire program.

Alaska, Asia, and Australia are left out.According to NASAs Noah Petro, a lunar geologist who specializes in the atmosphere, this is really an eclipse for the Americas.It's going to be a treat.He said you need patience and eyeballs.

At the peak of the eclipse, the moon will be 225,000 miles (362,000 kilometers) away on the US East Coast, around midnight.Petro said it's a gradual, slow, and magical thing, so long as you know where you are, you'll get to see it.If not, NASA will have a livestream of the eclipse from various points around the country, as will the Slooh network of observatories.In November, there will be another total lunar eclipse, with Africa and Europe lucking out, but not the Americas.

NASA's asteroid-seeking Lucy spacecraft will monitor this weekend's mission from 64 million miles (103 million kilometers) away as ground controllers continue their quest to restore a damaged solar panel.Jessica Watkins, a NASA astronaut, wants to set her alarm clock up early aboard the International Space Station.We should be up in time and at the right place at the right time to get a good glimpse, she told The Associated Press earlier this week.