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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Lunar Eclipse 2010: Will You Be There?

Lunar Eclipse 2010: Will You Be There?

The first total lunar eclipse in two years is scheduled to make its debut this evening and into the
early hours of Tuesday morning, and viewers in North America will have a front-row seat.

While winter storms are putting a damper on some moon-gazers' plans, a number of websites and
organizations are offering creative ways to still get a gander at the eclipsed moon. JPL is keeping a
running list of these lunar eclipse alternatives and resources at .

We're also inviting viewers to text or tweet us their comments through our "I'm There: Lunar Eclipse"
campaign so we can alert others in the area and suggest chat rooms, simulations and videos that offer
the next-best thing to seeing the lunar eclipse in person.  Learn how to text us your comments at

Hundreds have already signed up to participate in JPL's lunar eclipse campaign, which lets sky gazers
text in their lunar eclipse viewing spots and see them displayed on an interactive map at If you'd
like to participate in this stellar event, there's still time. Simply *text IMTHERE to 67463 or enter your
10-digit cell phone number in the "Join the Conversation" box at (*message and data rates may
apply). All participants will receive a free "I Was There" lunar eclipse badge for Facebook, Twitter and
other social media.

Waiting for the eclipse to arrive? If the skies are wide open, but your eyes not so much, take a look at
the December skymap at, and see how many constellations you can spot. And get a few hints
from astronomy expert Jane Houston Jones as she identifies the best stellar sights in this month's
What's Up video:

Find more lunar eclipse resources and join the community at

Good Clear Skies
Colin James Watling
Lat' 52.41825356698225 North
Long' 1.7198766767978668 East (Chimney Pot)
Elev: 38ft/11.5824 Meters above sea level
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