Stargazers who want to catch a lengthy glimpse of a lunar eclipse can do so later this month—so long as they set their alarms good and early:
The longest lunar eclipse of this century comes in two weeks.
During the early hours of November 19, Earth will pass between the sun and moon, casting a shadow over the latter. The eclipse will peak just after 4 a.m. ET, when our planet will hide 97% of the full moon from the sun's light, giving the moon a reddish hue...
For the upcoming eclipse, sky watchers in North America have the best seats in the house. People in all 50 US states, Canada, and Mexico can watch the full event.
You won't need a telescope or binoculars — simply go outside and look up at the sky any time between 2:19 a.m. and 5:47 a.m ET.
Here's a partial time-lapse to give you a preview of coming attractions:
It will be quite a sight, so long as you're willing to either go to bed really late or get up really early!