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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

samzenpus posted about 6 months ago | from the good-omens dept.

Moon 146

An anonymous reader writes "People on the West Coast should be able to watch the beginning of the upcoming total lunar eclipse tonight at 10:20 pm. The entirety of the moon surface will be in Earth's shadow and start to glow red a couple hours later, a little after midnight. From the article: 'A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and Earth align so that Earth's shadow falls across the moon's surface. Monday night's lunar eclipse is a total eclipse, which means Earth's shadow will cover the moon completely. The moon won't be blacked out by our planet's shadow. Instead, it will take on a reddish hue — anywhere from a bright copper to the brownish red of dried blood.'"

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The best way to view a blood moon (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748477)

is at your mom's.

Fuck (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748591)

While I'm fucking her doggy style

The Best Way To View The Blood Moon (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 6 months ago | (#46748633)

Is in TV, or YouTube, on a big LCD.

The out-of-doors is alright for some chaps. That's why we allow them to be game preserve wardens, and North Sea rig crews.

Re:The Best Way To View The Blood Moon (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about 6 months ago | (#46749685)

Hey, somebody has to take pictures/video for the rest of us...

Re:The Best Way To View The Blood Moon (0)

k6mfw (1182893) | about 6 months ago | (#46750867)

How about go outdoors, outside the city, and look up (or out) and beyond instead of always looking forward or down like typical flatlanders (the same kind of people that hounded Galileo).

What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (5, Insightful)

Streetlight (1102081) | about 6 months ago | (#46748557)

I love it when information gives the time of day but not the time zone. Is this 10:20 PM in Eastern Australia or U. S. EDT or what?

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748599)

"People on the West Coast should be able to watch the beginning of the upcoming total lunar eclipse tonight at 10:20 pm." Implies either PST or PDT. I know that it begins at roughly 2 AM EDT.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (2)

khellendros1984 (792761) | about 6 months ago | (#46748727)

To watch the whole show from start to finish, your moon gazing should begin at 10:20 p.m. PDT

(FTA). OK, so maybe they should've included the information in the summary too. If it starts at 22:20 PDT, then it's starting at 01:20 EDT.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748829)

"People on the West Coast should be able to watch the beginning of the upcoming total lunar eclipse tonight at 10:20 pm." Implies either PST or PDT.

Do you have any idea how many West Coasts there are?

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748925)

Only one in America. Or did someone forget this is a US website again?

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748989)

Florida, Alaska, and Hawaii have west coasts.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (2)

parkinglot777 (2563877) | about 6 months ago | (#46749029)

So American people now refer Tampa, FL as west coast??? The context for other than Americans may be ambiguous, but for most Americans, it should be understandable unless ...

Autoplay Noisy Adds??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46749461)

This crap is part of what made Beta so vehemently hated.

Slashdot, knock this nonsense off!!!!

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (0)

geekmux (1040042) | about 6 months ago | (#46749475)

So American people now refer Tampa, FL as west coast??? The context for other than Americans may be ambiguous, but for most Americans, it should be understandable unless ...

It is ambiguous due to a lack of education. If there is confusion here, it is likely due to the fact that you happened to run into one of the 5% of Americans who paid attention in both English and Geography to understand what both "West" and "Coast" means. Within the context of a state like Florida populated with many large coastal cities, Tampa is in fact on the west coast.

If it is ambiguous in any other way, then it is due to the ignorant American who somehow passed Geography but refuses to acknowledge that any other coast in the world actually exists or they need to give a shit about it, because you know, California is just that fucking important.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (1)

csnydermvpsoft (596111) | about 6 months ago | (#46749901)

I have enough education to know that there hundreds of "west coasts" in the world. I also live in West Michigan, so I could easily interpret "west cost" to mean the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

However, I also have the skill of inference. Given that this is being posted on a U.S.-centric forum and the reference is being made in the context of a time of day, I was able to reason out that in this case, "west cost" does in fact refer to the Pacific timezone.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (1)

geekmux (1040042) | about 6 months ago | (#46750061)

I have enough education to know that there hundreds of "west coasts" in the world. I also live in West Michigan, so I could easily interpret "west cost" to mean the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

However, I also have the skill of inference. Given that this is being posted on a U.S.-centric forum and the reference is being made in the context of a time of day, I was able to reason out that in this case, "west cost" does in fact refer to the Pacific timezone.

As did I. As did plenty of other US-centric people who browse these forums between the hours of 0800 EST and 1700 PST.

The problem with that mentality is it is a rather ignorant one to hold onto as the world continues to be proven very flat. Websites have never claimed to know physical boundaries, and we're using time to refer to a celestial event. Last time I checked, the west coast of the United States does not own exclusive viewing rights to the solar system.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46750073)

It is ambiguous due to a lack of education. If there is confusion here, it is likely due to the fact that you happened to run into one of the 5% of Americans who paid attention in both English and Geography to understand what both "West" and "Coast" means. Within the context of a state like Florida populated with many large coastal cities, Tampa is in fact on the west coast.

Everyone calls it the GULF COAST.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (1)

Deadstick (535032) | about 6 months ago | (#46750417)

So American people now refer Tampa, FL as west coast?

In Florida, yes.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about 6 months ago | (#46751127)

So American people now refer Tampa, FL as west coast???

What do people in Orlando refer to it as? I've lived on a west coast in the US, and it wasn't PDT.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (1)

cusco (717999) | about 6 months ago | (#46749125)

So does Michigan.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (2)

gmclapp (2834681) | about 6 months ago | (#46749149)

Pedantic. If you pretend to not know what "West Coast" means in the US people are going to think you're a moron.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46749075)

Maybe it should have a .us domain then.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46749379)

Why? The traditional American TLDs work just fine.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (1)

XMark3 (2979399) | about 6 months ago | (#46750263)

A simple, basic application of common sense tells anyone reading this article that Slashdot, a predominantly American website, is using the term "West Coast" as shorthand for the western coast of the United States, and the timezone which is shared throughout that coast.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (1, Interesting)

jaymz666 (34050) | about 6 months ago | (#46748893)

There's only one west coast, in the whole world? really?

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46749505)

There's only one west coast, in the whole world? really?

It's the western coast of the westernmost continent in the western hemisphere.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46749797)

There's only one west coast, in the whole world? really?

It's the western coast of the westernmost continent in the western hemisphere.

Why? And why is Japan considered the far east?

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748719)

For those who are too lazy and/or stupid to read the linked article...

"To watch the whole show from start to finish, your moon gazing should begin at 10:20 p.m. PDT, when the first faint shadow will start to fall on the moon."

10:20 p.m. PDT.......10:20 p.m. PDT....PDT....PDT....PDT....PDT......I'll translate that for you: PDT – Pacific Daylight Time

US states using PDT in the summer and PST during winter
        California
        Idaho - western counties; Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Shoshone and north part of Idaho
        Nevada
        Oregon - except most of Malheur county
        Washington

Alles Klar??

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (4, Informative)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 6 months ago | (#46748749)

The article makes it clear that it's PDT, but even without reading the article, the fact that the link is to the LA Times and the summary is talking about the "West Coast" should have been a good indication of the time zone in question.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748901)

Oh. That's strange. I thought they were talking about the West Cost of Cornwall. To, the time zone is BST surely?!

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46749325)

What are you on ? there is only one west coast in the world! everything else is the east. your coast of Cornwall is just the middle east!

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (1)

umghhh (965931) | about 6 months ago | (#46751089)

it is OT but the whole discussion about time zones is too so.

I recall watching CNN in some crap hotel somewhere where this was the only channel in a language I understood and they were talking about Middle East while consistently referring to west coast of Africa. I guess in ignorance US citizens do not occupy the first place alone - after living in many countries for years I concluded that only constant aspect of humans culture that is always clearly visible is that - ignorance.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 6 months ago | (#46749899)

Taken out of context, as it was in the summary, I fully agree that "West Coast" is ambiguous, given the international readership of Slashdot. That's why I made a point of very intentionally establishing context first, by mentioning that it was an LA Times article. I then used an "and" to pair it with the "West Coast" term, indicating that I think you need both to satisfactorily determine the time zone in question, rather than just one or the other.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46750465)

Sadly, being on the East Coast (Essex), I won't get to see the Blood Moon. :(

It is about time that the posters to Slashdot, which is enjoyed all round the world, should stop thinking that no one outside the US is reading. Just adding, "West Coast of the USA" would be enough. Also, all references to time should have a timezone. Even in the UK, we know that PST is Pacific Standard Time. I had to check that PDT was Pacific Daylight Time, and what the offset from UTC was.

Anyway, to my friends on the "West Coast" (of the United States), enjoy your lunar eclipse!

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46750189)

If " West Coast" on a American site doesn't tell you the time zone then it's unlikely you can work out where the moon is to look at it anyway and hence it doesn't really seem relevant.

Which direction? (1)

antdude (79039) | about 6 months ago | (#46750401)

I cannot seem to find which direction it is? North? East? West? South? I hope to see it from east of L.A. with its light pollutions. :(

Re:Which direction? (1)

crunchygranola (1954152) | about 6 months ago | (#46750657)

Look for it as the eclipse starts, it will be a full moon high overhead. You can't miss it (assuming that you can see the sky at all).

At the height of eclipse the moon turns dark reddish because the only thing illuminating it are all the world's sunsets and sunrises at once!

After the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines in mid 1991 pushing more particulates and sulfur into the stratosphere than any eruption since Krakatoa, the following lunar eclipse on 9 December 1992 was so dark the moon completely disappeared, except for observers in truly dark sky sites.

The El Chichón eruption in 1982 also led to a very dark lunar eclipses in July and December of that year (but not as dark as the Pinatubo eclipse).

It shouldn't be a dark eclipse tonight, since there have been no major recent eruptions - but these things are hard to predict.

Re:What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about 6 months ago | (#46750499)

Sky & Telescope provides this chart [skyandtelescope.com] that should answer your question.

Lucky sods--the moon will set here (Scandinavia) about 10 minutes before the eclipse begins. :P

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Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46750607)

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Re:Zontar: Face the music... apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46750687)

^^This^^ isn't off-topic? Can you just fucking STOP IT now, APK? Nobody cares about your weird crusade against Zontar, and you are ruining the site for everyone. Just fuck off already.

Trembling in fear. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748575)

This is not good [mysanantonio.com] , not good at all. This portends ominous things - jetliners disappearing with no reason, countries invading neighboring countries, and the end of times.

Re:Trembling in fear. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748787)

Any Christian pastor that claims to know the time of the end of the world hasn't read their Bible carefully enough.

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows."

- Mark 13:31-32

Re:Trembling in fear. (1)

wwphx (225607) | about 6 months ago | (#46749599)

That is an excellent line, sadly I'll probably fail to remember it. Much thanks.

Re:Trembling in fear. (1)

ultranova (717540) | about 6 months ago | (#46750939)

Or it could be simple hubris. A lot of religious leaders seem to have trouble telling themselves and their deity apart.

I'm going to have an excellent seat (4, Interesting)

wwphx (225607) | about 6 months ago | (#46748607)

I'll be watching the eclipse from the catwalk of a 3.5 meter telescope while said telescope shoots a laser at the moon and bounces the beam off of five retroreflectors. Weather permitting. It's awesome having a wife who's an astronomer/PhD.

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (-1, Troll)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 6 months ago | (#46748705)

That makes no sense. How can you bounce stuff off the moon? There’s no gravity.

It's awesome having a wife who's an astronomer/PhD.

I sadly suspect I will only ever be able to take your word for that.

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748793)

And light has no mass! How does it bounce off mirrors? OMG!

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (2)

Boronx (228853) | about 6 months ago | (#46750877)

Just reverse the polarity of the inertial dampeners.

Trollolololol! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748923)

What annoys me is that this is happening on a weeknight. Seriously??? Can't anyone think this sort of thing through??? The majority of interested parties have either work or school the next day.

We need to petition to get these events to happen on weekends, so people can stay up late for them without severe disruption of their lives.

Re:Trollolololol! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748981)

Just go to bed when you get home today, then get up for the eclipse.

Re:Trollolololol! (1)

cyberchondriac (456626) | about 6 months ago | (#46749301)

You'd think they could manage the weather better too. I won't see squat because I'm on the East coast. I think we get more precipitation around here than Seattle anymore. I didn't place an order for this!
It's just plain thoughtless and inconsiderate!
Actually I wouldn't be surprised if I could find an American lawyer who would actually take my case if I said I wanted to sue Accuweather . ;-p

Re:Trollolololol! (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | about 6 months ago | (#46749675)

Tell me about it. I'm East Coast as well and I am trying to remember the last time we had good weather to see such an event.

I do remember we had good weather just long enough to see the transit of Mercury, but aside from that, I'm at a loss.

Re:Trollolololol! (1)

njnnja (2833511) | about 6 months ago | (#46750031)

We should probably sue both Accuweather and NASA just to cover our bases.

Re:Trollolololol! (1)

Stele (9443) | about 6 months ago | (#46750391)

Wait, which East Coast?

Re:Trollolololol! (1)

blackanvil (1147329) | about 6 months ago | (#46750827)

Or, better yet, if enough people were actually interested in this sort of thing, we could get the day after such a late-night event a holiday, so we could all guiltlessly stay up late and party with other interested friends, then sleep in in the morning without having to worry about work or school. Also, imagine if we could get people to turn off their lights enough that you don't have to go out into the country to be able to see this sort of event clearly.

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748811)

Oh yeah? Well... I'm going to be sitting in the ISS with a couple of beers, listening to Pink Floyd.
 
Take that!

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 6 months ago | (#46749015)

Oh yeah? Well... I'm going to be ... listening to Pink Floyd.

So how will you see it from "the dark side of the moon"?

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (2)

smooth wombat (796938) | about 6 months ago | (#46749115)

shoots a laser at the moon and bounces the beam off of five retroreflectors.

Big Bang Theory quote time:

Zack: One question. How can you be sure it won't blow up?

Leonard: The laser?

Zack: The moon.

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (2)

wwphx (225607) | about 6 months ago | (#46749537)

Actually, the Big Bang people heard of a talk by Dr. Tom Murphy (UCSD) who's in charge of this lunar laser ranging thing called APOLLO (http://physics.ucsd.edu/~tmurphy/apollo/apollo.html) and contacted him for info on how to do the BBT ep. My wife was also the closing segment on the 2008 Mythbusters lunar landing hoax episode, and I did a ten-minute documentary on the laser at my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Wa... [youtube.com] . Originally the Mythbusters wanted to build their own rig, but when they found out the cost and accuracy required they decided it was better to spend a few days traveling to New Mexico, it also gave them a chance to evaluate the gear that they were going to use for their first Alaska Special. Apparently Adam had a really bad problem with the high altitude of the observatory, Apache Point is at 9200', not an uncommon problem.

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (1)

Richy_T (111409) | about 6 months ago | (#46749859)

Why is Netflix suddenly running so slow?

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 6 months ago | (#46750575)

So, does she shoot the laser off the hip Rambo-style, or does she wuss out and use a bipod?

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (1)

advocate_one (662832) | about 6 months ago | (#46749663)

Leonard: We'll set it to stun...

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46749345)

I'll be watching the eclipse from the catwalk of a 3.5 meter telescope while said telescope shoots a laser at the moon and bounces the beam off of five retroreflectors. Weather permitting. It's awesome having a wife who's an astronomer/PhD.

You know you're a geek when you read that and think, "Damn, he's lucky to be married to that!" - like how other guys react when they see a guy married to a woman who looks like a swimsuit model.

Now, if his astronomer wife also looks like a swimsuit model or at least has the figure of one, I will strangle myself with my mouse cord!

Fuck! It's Bluetooth!

I hate life!

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (1)

wwphx (225607) | about 6 months ago | (#46749561)

She's not a swimsuit model, and frankly I wouldn't want one, too high maintenance. But she is good enough for television: at least two BBC productions and one Japanese production have been made because of this lunar laser ranging program. Still, we're celebrating our 9th anniversary in June, and the coolest thing is that she found me through online dating even though I was 500 miles away.

So to my fellow geeks: there is hope, and patience is sometimes rewarded.

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about 6 months ago | (#46750581)

I am fortunate enough to be married to a woman who has master's degrees in mechanical and chemical engineering AND looks like a swimsuit model.

So eat your hea---er, well, okay, she doesn't do much cooking.

I guess you can't have everything. :D

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (1)

Minwee (522556) | about 6 months ago | (#46749545)

If I see the letters "CHA" carved on the moon after the eclipse, I'll know who to blame.

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (1)

wwphx (225607) | about 6 months ago | (#46749571)

I've actually shown her that episode of The Tick! She didn't find it as amusing as I do, but I'm a lot more weird than she is.

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46750119)

Weather permitting. It's awesome having a wife who's an astronomer/PhD.

It is probably awesome to who's an astronomer/PhD no matter what the weather is... isn't it?

Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (1)

k6mfw (1182893) | about 6 months ago | (#46750923)

now that sounds really cool doing your own laser reflection but are you using facility scope? Have amateur astronomers done this before? Does it require a really powerful laser, i.e. the kind that guvmint doesn't want in hands of individuals?

Now you people commenting of they don't think this is possible, this is one of these reflectors wwphx is talking about, http://spie.org/Images/Graphic... [spie.org]

Stop calling it 'blood moon'! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748663)

it's a f'in LUNAR ECLIPSE.
What is it with everyone suddenly having the need to give natural events cutsie, abstract, or dramatic names? Kinda like when the media started calling larger than average full moons Super Moons, or any cold spell in winter the 'polar vortex'.

Re:Stop calling it 'blood moon'! (3, Informative)

jaymz666 (34050) | about 6 months ago | (#46748909)

Suddenly, it's been called a blood moon for quite some time...

Re:Stop calling it 'blood moon'! (4, Informative)

schneidafunk (795759) | about 6 months ago | (#46749043)

Indeed it does originate from a long time ago. There's this quote from the bible, Joel 2:31 (Common English Bible):
" The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood before the great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.".

Or it could also be a reference to the folklore name 'red moon'. Every full moon has a 'cutsie, abstract, or dramatic name' which predates modern astronomy.
http://earthsky.org/astronomy-... [earthsky.org]

Re:Stop calling it 'blood moon'! (1)

rahvin112 (446269) | about 6 months ago | (#46749603)

Blood moon, red moon, and dozens of various synonyms and such exist in almost every culture on earth since recorded history and likely long before. Like most rare celestial events it was a sign of great events about to happen (what the event was varied per culture).

Re:Stop calling it 'blood moon'! (1)

Stele (9443) | about 6 months ago | (#46750403)

Rare events? Happens to my wife at least once a month!

Re:Stop calling it 'blood moon'! (1)

cusco (717999) | about 6 months ago | (#46749229)

I suspect the reason that this one is getting so much publicity (it's not an uncommon event) is because there are several moderately popular books out about supposed biblical prophecies with that title. There's also a detective novel, a vampire novel and a werewolf novel with that name, and some others. Something about the name drew a lot of attention on Farcebook too.

Re:Stop calling it 'blood moon'! (1)

Jmc23 (2353706) | about 6 months ago | (#46748959)

It's probably 'cause they're human.

You'll have to get used to it.

Re:Stop calling it 'blood moon'! (1)

Arker (91948) | about 6 months ago | (#46749261)

I agree, it's a lunar eclipse, why cant they just call it what it is?

And it's not like they just made up a cutesy name that wasnt in use - a blood moon is an actual thing, but it's still many months in the future.

Marketing and advertising will never be satisfied until they destroy the language so completely that it can no longer be used to communicate at all.

Re:Stop calling it 'blood moon'! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46749357)

At least the fucktards who insist on calling the Moon "Luna" (and the Sun "Sol") haven't turned up yet.

Yeah, (2)

kevlar_rat (995996) | about 6 months ago | (#46749575)

we should kick them off Terra

A contender for "dumbest headline ever" (3, Funny)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 6 months ago | (#46748673)

The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

...is with your eyes, at the appropriate time. Don't bother looking earlier; it won't have happened yet! Similarly, if you try to catch the eclipse after it's finished, you'll just see an ordinary full moon.

Get it? Got it? Good.

Re:A contender for "dumbest headline ever" (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 6 months ago | (#46749433)

The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

...is with your eyes, at the appropriate time. Don't bother looking earlier; it won't have happened yet! Similarly, if you try to catch the eclipse after it's finished, you'll just see an ordinary full moon.

Get it? Got it? Good.

That beats my response.

I was just going to say, "drunk."

Re:A contender for "dumbest headline ever" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46751103)

The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

...is with your eyes, at the appropriate time. Don't bother looking earlier; it won't have happened yet! Similarly, if you try to catch the eclipse after it's finished, you'll just see an ordinary full moon.

Get it? Got it? Good.

That beats my response.

I was just going to say, "drunk."

You need to find better drugs [wikipedia.org] for astronomy, Sir.

Re:A contender for "dumbest headline ever" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46750411)

Actually, by the time it's over it'll be in its waning phase and no longer a full moon.

Official Site (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46748759)

Re:Official Site (1)

k6mfw (1182893) | about 6 months ago | (#46751075)

some reason that link is back to /. try this one, http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/O... [nasa.gov]

So why is this such a big deal? (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 6 months ago | (#46748929)

Total lunar eclipses are a common occurrence, and almost always have the "blood moon" look from red light refracting around the Earth.

Re:So why is this such a big deal? (1)

cusco (717999) | about 6 months ago | (#46749283)

Depending on how deep in the Earth's shadow the effect can be more or less pronounced. I saw one eclipse where the moon was pretty close to black several years ago, apparently this one will be deeper in the Earth's shadow so will be lit up better.

Re:So why is this such a big deal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46750467)

Maybe because most people pay next to no attention to astronomy. For was much as the "do you science?" meme is going around it's pretty apparent that even most of those who fancy themselves part of the neo-science hipster crowd really don't "science" either. For those who get their understanding of science from The Learning Channel and that ilk this is a big deal, not so much for those of us who actually "science."
 
And that's not to say it should be shrugged off. It'll be neat for those who've never done it but I doubt most people will go out of their way to see it. You might get a few early birds who'll check it out before they go to work but most people won't be bothered.

The best way to watch it? (1)

judoguy (534886) | about 6 months ago | (#46749117)

Outside. At night. Awake.

"Blood Moon" (0)

spaceyhackerlady (462530) | about 6 months ago | (#46749119)

Please drop this idiotic phrase.

Besides, total lunar eclipses aren't red at all, at least, none I've ever seen. They're a neat copper colour.

...laura

Re:"Blood Moon" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46749177)

BLOOD
MOON

Re:"Blood Moon" (1)

quixada (2218366) | about 6 months ago | (#46749549)

I've actually seen a blood-red moon. It was when there were many forest fires around. I assume it is the thick smoke in the atmosphere that causes this phenomenon... dq

Re:"Blood Moon" (1)

Minwee (522556) | about 6 months ago | (#46749551)

Won't you feel silly when all non-basic lands turn into mountains tonight.

Re:"Blood Moon" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46750217)

That will suck for that 45 lands modern deck... Though at least there's this large warning to play something else...

Dooooooooood. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46749473)

Time to reincarnate, dooooooooood.

Dood! Too much repetition, dooooooooood? Ridiculous, dood.

From Raven Rock in Solstheim (1)

eyepeepackets (33477) | about 6 months ago | (#46749483)

Where else would be more appropriate? A glance out the window, then back to the bears and spriggans.

Why a blood moon? (1)

kevlar_rat (995996) | about 6 months ago | (#46749677)

This is an unusual event because its part of a series of 4 lunar eclipses in a row (in subsequent 6 full moon cycles), a tetrad [earthsky.org] which occurs once per 33 years on average. The term 'blood moon' is sometimes used for a lunar eclipse, but it's been popularised for this tetrad by John Hagee [nydailynews.com] to promote his book and claim that it means the end of the world [usatoday.com] .

On top of a pyramid (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 6 months ago | (#46749735)

Face it, if you can't do it right, you might as well not do it at all.

Its the end of the world!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46750459)

It's the end of the world as we know it... AGAIN. Oh nozes.

Please, not another movie (1)

reboot246 (623534) | about 6 months ago | (#46751077)

If Stephenie Meyer finds out about the "Blood Moon", there's sure to be another one of those horrible Twilight movies.
Please, God, no.
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