This is a time where the earth passes between the sun and the moon and the only light hitting the moon is light passing around the edges of earth.
Our atmosphere acts like a filter that dims the moon into a reddish-orange tint that can be different with each and every lunar eclipse. It’s all based on how much smoke, ash and other items are floating around in our atmosphere.
See October 8, 2014 Lunar Eclipse In 4 Easy Steps
Step 1: set your alarm for 3:20am if you want to catch the ‘totality’ or total part of the eclipse. Make that 2:10am to see the whole thing from the start. The alarm is your ‘five minute warning’ before the real action starts.
Step 2: when your alarm goes off look out the window. Is it foggy or cloudy? Go back to bed. Is it clear? Get dressed fast!
Step 3: go outside and find the moon in the sky. Enjoy as long as you want. The partial eclipse starts at 2:15am PDT, the total eclipse starts at 3:25am and ends at 4:24am and the last part of the partial eclipse ends at 5:34am PDT.
Step 4: hurry back to bed and try to squeeze in a little more sleep before work or school. Be sure to set your alarm so you are on time!
If you want to read more about this event, including students who will be photographing it from the edge of space, check out one of my favorite sites, the source of the photo in this post.