Full Moon Rising

This five-picture combination shows various stages of a total lunar eclipse over Baghdad in 2007. (Marko Drobnjakovic/AP)

This five-picture combination shows various stages of a total lunar eclipse over Baghdad in 2007. (Marko Drobnjakovic/AP)

I’m dusting off my amateur astronomy kit for tonight’s lunar eclipse,  the best and brightest of recent years. Appearing in tandem with Dec 21st’s Winter Solstice, which places the moon at its highest position in the sky, North Americans will have the best seat in the house to view the celestial happening. The eclipse will start at 2:41am eastern and lasts for about three hours. If clouds get in your way, or 2am is reserved solely for sleeping,  NASA is planning to stream the whole thing live from their Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This is 2010’s only full eclipse and next year’s will appear lower in the sky, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to see the biggest show not on earth.

ps- NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is running their I’m There: Lunar Eclipse Campaign. Visit their page to enter where you are and check out the live comment twitter stream – tweet using #eclipse and @NASAJPL to be included.

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