Andrew Catsaitis, Central Coast, NSW, Australia. Aug. 28, 2007

What does space have in store for us this April? One of the main highlights is a total lunar eclipse, which happens to take place on the same night as a full moon.

In fact, this eclipse will be the first total lunar eclipse of 2015 (on Saturday, April 4), and it will also be the shortest total eclipse of the century. The show will be visible over all of the Pacific Ocean and much of the adjacent mainland. Asia and Australia will get a chance to see the show first, as the lunar eclipse will make an appearance on Friday evening (April 3) after sunset, while observers in North and South America will see it Saturday morning just before sunrise.

WATCH: Your Guide to the Eclipse

If you want more details on when you should look up at the skies, here are the times of the varioys contacts, first listed in Universal Time, and then converted for a few selected cities via See the image below for more information.

Contact   UT      New York    Los Angeles  Honolulu     Sydney

P1         09:01    05:01 am       02:01 am      11:01 pm      08:01 pm

U1        10:15    06:15 am       03:15 am      12:15 am      09:15 pm

U2        11:58    07:58 am       04:58 am      01:58 am      10:58 pm

U3        12:02    08:02 am       05:02 am      02:02 am      11:02 pm

U4        13:44    09:44 am       06:44 am      03:44 am      12:44 am

P4         14:59    10:59 am       07:59 am      04:59 am      01:59 am

The full eclipse will be visible over most of the Pacific Ocean and adjacent mainland. Eastern North America will see part of the eclipse just before dawn. Much of eastern Asia and all of Australia will see the eclipse just after sunset.
Credit: NASA

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