06/11/2011 11:38 EDT | Updated 08/11/2011 05:12 EDT

Eclipse Will Bypass North America: Was It Something We Said?


LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The year's first total eclipse of the moon will occur next week, and it will be an unusually long one.

But the eclipse Wednesday won't be visible from the United States and Canada.

If you're in eastern Africa, central Asia, the Middle East or western Australia, you should be able to view the entire lunar spectacle, if the weather co-operates.

The time when Earth's shadow completely blocks the moon will last a whopping 1 hour and 40 minutes.

The last time the moon was fully covered for this long was in July 2000, when it occurred for 1 hour and 47 minutes.