Take a Peek at Lunar Eclipse

Celestial show is under way
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2008 8:10 PM CST

(Newser) – The sky is putting on a show tonight. The last total eclipse of the moon until 2010 got under way about 8:45pm ET, Space.com reports. The moon went into full eclipse at 10:01, and the show will be over at 12:09. The spectacle should be visible from all points in the US, astronomers say. No special equipment is needed, except maybe some warm clothes.

The moon appeared slightly red while in full eclipse. "The exact color that the moon appears depends on the amount of dust and clouds in the atmosphere," said NASA. As an added bonus, the darkness of the sky allows a look at stars and formations normally washed out by moonlight.