On Sunday, the moon turns blood red: an eclipse for the Americas.

A total lunar eclipse will take place in North and South America on Sunday night . The moon will be bathed in the reflected red and orange hues of Earths sunsets and sunrises for about 1 12 hours .

On Sunday, a total lunar eclipse will take place in the night skies of North and South America, providing longer than usual thrills for stargazers.The heavenly activity takes place from Sunday night to 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 performance.

Alaska, Asia, and Australia are the only states 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 observed that patience and eyeballs are all you need.

At the peak of the eclipse, the moon will be 225,000 miles (362,000 kilometers) away on the US East Coast, about midnight.Petro said that this is a gradual, slow, and magical event, and that as long as it is obvious where you are, you will see it.If not, NASA will broadcast the eclipse live from various locations, as will the Slooh network of observatories.In November, we'll see another complete lunar eclipse, with Africa and Europe ahead of us, but not the Americas.

NASA's asteroid-seeking Lucy spacecraft will view the event this weekend from 64 million miles (103 million kilometers) away, as ground controllers continue their quest to fix a cracked solar panel.Jessica Watkins, a NASA astronaut, wants to set her alarm clock to start off on the International Space Station.We hope to be up in time and in the right place at the right time to get a good glimpse, she said.