Wednesday, February 20, 2008

lunar eclipse tonight

Tonight's full moon will get colorful, thanks to a total lunar eclipse—the last one until Dec. 2010. A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow, giving it a reddish cast. Totality and maximum beauty happens at 9:26 pm CST. The moon starts to go into shadow about 8 p.m. CST.

Look for another color. Some observers of recent lunar eclipses have noted a flash of turquoise on either side of totality, around 9:01 p.m. CST and 9:51 p.m. CST.

No special equipment is required, just your own eyes. Go outside and take a look.

Click here for more detail and graphics in a NASA bulletin.

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