Lunar Eclipse 2010: Will You Be There?
The first total lunar eclipse in two years is scheduled to make its debut this evening and into the early hours of Tuesday morning, and viewers in North America will have a front-row seat. The timetable below shows lunar eclipse phases for time zones in the U.S.
While winter storms are putting a damper on some moon-gazers' plans, a number of websites and organizations are offering creative ways to still get a gander at the eclipsed moon. JPL is keeping a running list of these lunar eclipse alternatives and resources at http://bit.ly/eZWF4t.
We're also inviting viewers to text or tweet us their comments through our "I'm There: Lunar Eclipse" campaign so we can alert others in the area and suggest chat rooms, simulations and videos that offer the next-best thing to seeing the lunar eclipse in person. Learn how to text us your comments, here.
Hundreds have already signed up to participate in JPL's lunar eclipse campaign, which lets sky gazers text in their lunar eclipse viewing spots and see them displayed on an interactive map. If you'd like to participate in this stellar event, there's still time. Simply *text IMTHERE to 67463 or enter your 10-digit cell phone number in the "Join the Conversation" box at http://bit.ly/eLENTc (*message and data rates may apply). All participants will receive a free "I Was There" lunar eclipse badge for Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
Waiting for the eclipse to arrive? If the skies are wide open, but your eyes not so much, take a look at the December skymap at http://bit.ly/hgmx6i, and see how many constellations you can spot. And get a few hints from astronomy expert Jane Houston Jones as she identifies the best stellar sights in this month's What's Up video.
Find more lunar eclipse resources and join the community at http://bit.ly/eLENTc.
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