If the clouds stay away, the lunar eclipse Wednesday night should be a treat. One of my fondest childhood memories is standing with my dad in the backyard while we waited for the shadow to overtake the moon--his voice still conveying wonder that we'd sent men there who'd walked around. When he was a boy, he'd whisper in the darkness to me, such a feat was unbelievable.
In this article explaining the 5 stages of a lunar eclipse, Sky and Telescope says, "All of the Americas will have ringside seats . . . weather permitting."
Viewing Details per National Geographic News:
Wednesday's eclipse officially gets underway at 8:43 p.m. ET, when the moon's eastern edge slips into Earth's shadow.
The 50-minute totality begins at 10:01 p.m. The eclipse ends at 12:09 am Thursday.
Up to three total lunar eclipses occur a year, but some years have none. The next one won't occur until December 21, 2010.