Most likely those who would be most interested already know about this, but tomorrow (wednesday) night a total lunar eclipse is going to occur. Apparently there were two last year, but the next won’t be until 2010, so tomorrow is the last chance for a couple years to see something like this!

Of course here we will probably be too overcast and bad-weathery to see it!

It will begin at 8:43pm EST, mid-eclipse will hit at 10:26pm EST, and it will end at 12:06am EST. I have no idea how they know the times so exactly, but there you go. So says NASA, who am I to question!

A total eclipse of the Moon occurs during the night of Wednesday, February 20/21, 2008. The entire event is visible from South America and most of North America (on Feb. 20) as well as Western Europe, Africa, and western Asia (on Feb. 21). During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon’s disk can take on a dramatically colorful appearance from bright orange to blood red to dark brown and (rarely) very dark gray.

Apparently with good binocs you can see some crater detail on the moon, and if you’ve a camera and a tripod and a 400mm lens you have a chance at some pretty good shots.

I don’t have a lens that long, but I’ve got a camera and a tripod, at least! And probably clouds and rain too!

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