Tonight is the Solstice Lunar Eclipse!

The first total lunar eclipse in two years will grace the sky the night of Monday, Dec. 20, and we want you to be there. Sure, it’s a school night, but with winter solstice and a new year upon us, what better time to gather your family and friends to see the moon in a new light?

At NASA, we’re pretty excited for this year’s lunar eclipse, so we’re offering a number of features and activities for astronomy buffs and moon-gazers alike. To learn about the science behind eclipses, visit NASA’s Eclipse page, where Mr. Eclipse provides information about viewing the eclipse from all over the United States.

Want to know more about the lunar eclipse? Lunar experts from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will be hosting two live Web chats to discuss the eclipse. On Monday, Dec. 20 from 3-4 p.m. EST, Dr. Rob Suggs will answer your questions. Later on Dec. 20, make plans to stay “Up All Night” with astronomer Mitzi Adams at she answers your questions from midnight to 5:00 a.m. EST.

Starting now, you can subscribe to NASA JPL’s “I’m There: Lunar Eclipse” text campaign to connect with others in your area by texting us your viewing location and comments on the night of the eclipse. To sign up, text IMTHERE to 67463 and we’ll send you a reminder to go out and watch on Dec. 20 (message and data rates may apply).

Want to share or flip through photos of the eclipsed moon? Join NASA JPL’s lunar eclipse Flickr group and connect with other professional and amateur photographers as they capture the moon’s path through the Earth’s shadow. We’ll choose one lucky photographer to have his or her work featured as official JPL wallpaper at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/wallpaper.

If you don’t want to brave the December chill, or if your weather doesn’t cooperate for lunar viewing, we have you covered! A live video feed of the lunar eclipse will be streamed online on Dec. 20. The camera is mounted at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

On Dec. 20 and 21, join the conversation on Twitter by including #eclipse and @NASAJPL in your lunar eclipse tweets, and you may even see them show up among our live comment stream on NASA JPL’s “I’m There: Lunar Eclipse” program.

10 thoughts on “Tonight is the Solstice Lunar Eclipse!”

  1. ok – I understand why there is a lunar eclipse. What I don’t understand is why there are TWO high tides each day? I know it has to do with the moon – but why is there a high tide on the other side of the planet – facing away from the moon? I can’t find this info anywhere. Perhaps I’m looking in the wrong places. Have you got a simple explanation – for a lay person? Thanks so much. Looking forward to tonight and the lunar eclipse. As my daughter would say…. “It’ll be EPIC!!!”

  2. greetings!

    thank you so much for hosting a live webcast of tonight’s
    lunar eclipse! what is the url for this or do i just come
    back to this homepage.

    your response will make my day!

    thanks,
    mm

  3. It’s not a school night here in Texas. I was just wondering when it starts exactly! I’ve heard 1:41 and 12:33 so far; can someone clear up the confusion?

  4. Thanks for the links. It’s crappy weather here tonight in Honolulu. Maybe some break in the clouds but who knows 🙂

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