On the night of February 20, keep your eyes gazing skyward, explorers, for a total lunar eclipse. The celestial show will begin at 8:43 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and go on past midnight, according to Sky and Telescope, and totality will occur at 10 p.m. The next total lunar eclipse will be in December 2010.
You can watch a lunar eclipse from anywhere, but the best views will be found in darker spaces. If you live a little bit away from the city, invite your friends over.
The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium will be offering four shows featuring lunar eclipses, at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00, on the night of the 20th in conjunction with a public telescope viewing hosted by SFCC Natural Science Department and the Alachua Astronomy Club. Seating is limited at the planetarium, so arrive early.
If you can't get out to watch the lunar eclipse, another great way to observe the night sky is at the UF Teaching Observatory on Friday nights from 8:30 to 10:00. Contact the Department of Astronomy for more information.
Mark your calendar for a total solar eclipse this year on August 1.