A couple of times a year, the celestial bodies align so that the earth's shadow obscures the moon. The shadow will move across the moon starting just after midnight Mountain Time. The eclipse will be full around 1:46 a.m. and then the moon will emerge from shadow about 3 a.m. The moon will turn a deep reddish color during the eclipse. Lunar eclipses are safe to look at directly. You're looking at the moon, not the sun. It can be viewed with the naked eye or binoculars.
The weather forecast is good, so if you're up, take a look! This might even be worth setting your alarm and waking the kids.
Nasa.gov - Stay up all night to watch the lunar eclipse. Live coverage & chat.
April's total eclipse of the moon: get ready: The Moon will go through Earth's shadow late on the night of April 14-15
Source: Sky & Telescope. 127.4 (Apr. 2014): p60.
"Eclipses." Experiment Central: Understanding Scientific Principles Through Projects.
Learn by doing, see how an eclipse works with this hands on experiment.
If you miss this one, there will be another lunar eclipse early on the morning of Wednesday, October 8, 2014, peaking just before 5 a.m. MDT.
Great stuff Janet! The video from NASA is great. I like how he says, "If you watch the eclipse from the moon..." I might do that for the next one in October!
If you watch a lunar eclipse from the moon, wouldn't that make it a solar eclipse? Or a terran eclipse? It would certainly be one of those that you can't look at directly until it's full - you'd be staring into the sun.