8:35 - There's a full lunar eclipse visible from Cambridge tonight and the clouds have cooperated and skeedaddled. Get ready for a riveting live blog, VTKids!
8:50 - wild stuff here. It's definitely getting darker in the lower right quadrant.
8:51 - lower left. lower left quadrant is definitely getting darker.
8:58 - it's not going to be a total eclipse until 10:00 pm, so we've got some time here. If you're in a region in which you're able to check this out, do so, because it will be the last lunar eclipse visible from earth until December 29, 2010, according to the Boston Globe. For your edification: a lunar eclipse is when the Earth blocks the path from the sun to the moon, casting a shadow over la luna. Boston.com also points to a possibility of some cool color action going on:
As it slips into the darkness, the moon will change colors that can range from a dull gray to a brilliant copper-red with a bright blue rim. While the earth blocks direct rays from the sun, the atmosphere refracts some of the light into the shadow.
9:09 - We're probably about at quarter coverage right now.
9:16 - a little darker now.
9:21 - no crazy copper-red or blue colors yet.
9:30 - bout halfway now
9:43 - bout 3/4 now. no bright colors yet, but Saturn and the star Regulus (part of Leo) are visible:
9:50 - almost there ...
9:52 - almoster there ...
9:56 - starting to see some of that color!!
10:00 - holy shit this is awesome!