Yeah, I know this is a sports blog but every once in a while I like to post about other interesting happenings in the world.
Tonight's lunar eclipse is certainly not an exception.
Weather permitting, this tremendous event will be visible to everyone in the U.S. and many parts of the world.
The moon will enter Earth's umbral shadow (the full shadow) at 8:43 p.m. ET (that's 7:43 p.m. Central, 6:43 p.m. Mountain and 5:43 p.m. Pacific) on Wednesday, Feb. 20. It will appear as though an ever-larger bite is being taken out of the moon.
Some 78 minutes later, the moon will slip into full eclipse. About 51 minutes later, a bright scallop will appear as the moon starts emerging. It will be completely out of the umbral shadow at 9:09 p.m. Pacific time, which is 12:09 a.m. ET on Thursday morning.
For Europe and Africa, the eclipse is a predawn Thursday event, with the moon starting entry to the umbral shadow at 1:43 Greenwich (or Universal) Time.
The moon will likely appear some shade of red depending on the clouds and dust in our atmosphere.
It's the last lunar eclipse until 2010.
You can also see Saturn and the bright star Regulus, when the pair form a triangle with the moon as it arches into the sky.