Tonight people in North America are in for a beautiful lunar treat. Tonight's lunar eclipse will produce a "blood moon," according to an April 14 Christian Science Monitor report. This full lunar eclipse also marks the first for 2014, and it is the first time people in the U.S. have been able to see one in several years. If you have cloudy skies were you live, the good news is, the event is also available via live stream video.
While the entire lunar eclipse will last for six hours, the moon will not appear as the "blood moon" for the duration of the event. The best part of tonight's full eclipse of the moon will be from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. EDT. The great news is that you do not need anything other than a clear sky, unobstructed viewing, and your own eyes to see this beautiful "blood moon" for yourself. The reason is because this eclipse is of the moon, so there is nothing to hurt your eyes.
Tonight's stunning celestial event is caused by the Earth moving between the Sun and the Moon casting its shadow fully on the moon. The lunar eclipse will begin at 12:53 a.m. EDT, and it will last for approximately six hours. The best viewing will be from about 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. EDT, and all you have to do to see the "blood moon" is lie back and look up at the moon. The total eclipse should happen at 3:06 a.m. EDT, and ahead of that, you will see the moon passing through the penumbra and the umbra. The moon will be a "blood moon" until 4:24 a.m. EDT.
If you are unable to watch the full lunar eclipse tonight due to weather or light pollution issues, you can check it out via live stream video via UStream on the NASA channel. There is also a chat led by NASA astronomer Mitzi Adam and astrophysicist Alphonse Sterling. The chat begins at 7 p.m. EST, and will run for the duration of the lunar eclipse.