If you're one of those that gets wrapped up in what's happening in the night sky, tonight is for you. Those who are lucky enough to remember to look will get to see a total lunar eclipse. It might be worth waking up a little early for. The next one won't happen for another three years.
Here is what you need to know ahead of tonight's total lunar eclipse.
Will We Be Able To See It In Amarillo?
If everything goes according to celestial plans, and you remember to wake up, then yes. We should be able to see it. Barring any disruption due to cloud cover or weather, it should be quite the show early in the morning.
You just need to remember to get out of bed.
Also, keep in mind that the further away from light you are...the better. To really get the most out of the event, you might want to head somewhere that isn't covered up with streetlights, neon signs, digital billboards, and so on.
What Time Will The Cosmic Bodies Align?
A total lunar eclipse is when the sun and moon play monkey in the middle with Earth. They way we're all lined up, Earth's shadow falls on the moon giving us the eclipse.
EarthSky breaks down the times for the eclipse. The big one to know is the totality, when the moon will be completely covered, which is around 4:16 AM our time.
Supposedly, Those Looking Hard Enough Can Get A Surprise
Doing some digging in the stellar show planned for tonight, I did come across a fun little side note.
Supposedly, if you have a telescope or binoculars, you'll be able to get a peek at Uranus. From what I've read, it will be about a fingers width away from the moon. Who's finger? I don't know, but if it's the right size it should line up with the sneaky little planet that otherwise wouldn't be visible because of the moon's glow.
Why Are Some People Referring To It As A Blood Moon?
I was curious too, regarding the name "Blood Moon." Honestly, it sounds like a movie Vincent Price would have starred in, back in the 1960s; something dark, sinister, and involving a ceremonial knife.
The name actually comes from the sometimes reddish hue the moon takes on during these events. Long story short, it has to do with the sun's light and the Earth's atmosphere.
If you can muster up the strength to roll yourself out of bed early in the morning, the show might worth it. It won't happen again for 3 years.