Peeps! (And peebs) Don't forget that tonight is the first in the tetrad of the 2014-15 total lunar eclipses. The moon enters umbra around at 10:58 PST at will be in totality a few minutes after midnight (hopefully a blood moon!)
If will be nifty for sure, if not downright numinous.
Fun eclipse-y facts:
-To an astronaut standing on the moon during totality, the sun would be hidden behind a dark earth outlined by a brilliant red ring consisting of all the world's sunrises and sunsets.
-In the midst of totality, the moon will shine anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 times fainter than it did just a few hours before. Although Spica is one of the brighter stars in the sky, before the eclipse begins the moon will almost seem to overwhelm the star with its light. But during totality, Spica will be much easier to see and its bluish color will contrast strikingly with the reddish moon.
-When in shadow, the temperature on the moon plummets to about minus 280 degrees Fahrenheit, which equates to a drop of more than 500 degrees Fahrenheit in only about two hours.
Now you know. You can thank me later.
Photo credit NASA