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Get ready for the Solstice Lunar Eclipse Monday (Dec 20)

This image shows the path of the Moon through Earth's umbral and penumbral shadows during the Total Lunar Eclipse of December 20, 2010.  (Image Credit: Mr. Eclipse/Fred Espenak) click on image for larger view

This image shows the path of the Moon through Earth's umbral and penumbral shadows during the Total Lunar Eclipse of December 20, 2010. (Image Credit: Mr. Eclipse/Fred Espenak) click on image for larger view

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Total lunar eclipse captured January 20-21, 2000. (Mr. Eclipse/Fred Espenak)

Total lunar eclipse captured January 20-21, 2000. (Mr. Eclipse/Fred Espenak)

The first total lunar eclipse in two years will grace the sky the night of Monday, Dec. 20, and we want you to be there. Sure, it’s a school night, but with winter solstice and a new year upon us, what better time to gather your family and friends to see the moon in a new light?

At NASA, we’re pretty excited for this year’s lunar eclipse, so we’re offering a number of features and activities for astronomy buffs and moon-gazers alike. To learn about the science behind eclipses, visit NASA’s Eclipse page, where Mr. Eclipse provides information about viewing the eclipse from all over the United States.

Want to know more about the lunar eclipse? Lunar experts from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will be hosting two live Web chats to discuss the eclipse. On Monday, Dec. 20 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. HST, Dr. Rob Suggs will answer your questions. Later on Dec. 20, make plans to stay “Up All Night” with astronomer Mitzi Adams at she answers your questions from 7 p.m. to midnight HST.

Starting now, you can subscribe to NASA JPL’s “I’m There: Lunar Eclipse” text campaign to connect with others in your area by texting us your viewing location and comments on the night of the eclipse. To sign up, text IMTHERE to 67463 and we’ll send you a reminder to go out and watch on Dec. 20 (message and data rates may apply).

Want to share or flip through photos of the eclipsed moon? Join NASA JPL’s lunar eclipse Flickr group and connect with other professional and amateur photographers as they capture the moon’s path through the Earth’s shadow. We’ll choose one lucky photographer to have his or her work featured as official JPL wallpaper at www.jpl.nasa.gov/wallpaper.

If you don’t want to brave the December chill, or if your weather doesn’t cooperate for lunar viewing, we have you covered! A live video feed of the lunar eclipse will be streamed online on Dec. 20. The camera is mounted at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

On Dec. 20 and 21, join the conversation on Twitter by including #eclipse and @NASAJPL in your lunar eclipse tweets, and you may even see them show up among our live comment stream on NASA JPL’s “I’m There: Lunar Eclipse” program.

See related post: Sky Watch: Get ready for spectacular total lunar eclipse

Weather info: hawaii247.com/weather/

Lunar Diagrams for other time zones in North America at MrEclipse.com

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