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Catch the Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight

The eclipse is coming! If you live in North America, don't mind staying up past your bedtime, and have obligingly clear skies, tonight is your chance to see a total lunar eclipse--your last chance, unless you are up for some serious globetrotting, until April 2014. The moon will start passing behind Earth's shadow, or penumbra, at 1:33 am EST, and will be totally in shadow at 2:41 am EST.

The expert stargazers at Sky and Telescope have full pre-game (pre-eclipse?) coverage here, and NASA will be hosting a live web chat with experts from Marshall Space Flight Center until 5:00 am EST.

More evidence that this is the most social-media-savvy eclipse ever: Astrophotographers can post their photos to NASA's lunar eclipse flickr group, the forgetful can sign up for text-message reminders via the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's "I'm There" campaign, and Twitterers will be tagging their loony (get it?) tweets with #eclipse

Just be sure to lift your eyes from your smart phone long enough to actually see the eclipse!

User Comments:

We had no hope in Western Pennsylvania due to expected cloud cover...Just now the sky cleared. We are hoping it remains clear until 3:30 at least.

I LIVE IN LODI CA. IT WAS AN AWESOME THING TO SEE. MY HUSBAND AND SON WERE ALSO IN AWE. VERY SPECIAL.

i seen it las night it started bout 11 my time i live in fernley nv

I live in Kansas. I saw it after 2:00 am when it was orange but changed colors, lighter orange and a creamy color and go bk to a darker orange. I didn't know that my daughter,her husband and at least one gr-child of 7 yrs. also were watching from Great Britain. Daddy is stationed there. So glad I got up to see it!

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