Science nerds, astronomy fans, and people who like to look up at the sky and see things: There will be a total lunar eclipse Tuesday morning — meaning that the sun, the Earth, and the moon will all align, with the moon entirely in the Earth’s shadow. This is the first time it’s happened in almost three years, and we New Yorkers will have a good vantage point for it, presuming we can stay up that late.
It’ll start as a partial eclipse at 1:33 a.m. and become a total eclipse around 2:41 a.m, ending at 5:01 a.m.
As you might expect, NASA is pretty psyched about the event. So they’re live-chatting, live-streaming, tweeting, and doing a photo upload all night long, as well as asking intriguing questions like “WHERE WILL YOU BE WHEN THE LUNAR ECLIPSE ARRIVES?” in hopes of generating interactive responses.
The eclipse will last about three hours and 28 minutes, according to NASA.gov, and at around 3:30 a.m. it will glow blood red! (Don’t worry, it’s “normal.”) If you’re tweeting, use hash tag #eclipse, and feel free to send us photos.
December 21 is also the Winter Solstice, which means it’s the shortest day of the year, and will be marked with a meteor shower that people might actually be able to see on account of the eclipse.
In honor of all of this hopefully auspicious planetary intermingling, the inevitable Bonnie Tyler jam:
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 20, 2010