What are you doing at, oh, 12:30 a.m.?
Turn around, bright eyes. Oh, and look out the window, too.
You wouldn't want to miss the total lunar eclipse in the sky over North America Tuesday morning, would you?
Yes, we said a total lunar eclipse. During the winter solstice to boot.
In case you weren't sure, there are three types of eclipses — lunar, solar, and of the heart. We can guarantee that most of you won't see Bonnie Tyler in the sky in the wee hours, but what you will see in the heavens will knock your extraterrestrial socks off.
So what's going to happen that makes this a powder keg giving off sparks? Basically, our big ol' planet will split the difference between the sun and the moon. As you'd imagine, our earthly love will cast a shadow on the moon (all of the time), covering it right up. Suffice it to say, it might get pretty dark tonight. For 72 minutes, actually.
But wait! When the earth is right between the sun and moon, the moon will appear to glow rusty red. No, you're not falling apart, but there is nothing you can do. It's a total eclipse of the moon.
And how about some gloating rights, shall we? Because Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, and Boston won't even see the eclipse. Cloudy winters are such a bummer, aren't they? We Texans really do sympathize. But we can't relate — it'll be crystal clear when you look up in the sky this morning.
You can always catch it again in 2094 if you miss it tonight. But there's no time like the present.
Will you stay up late to watch the spectacular celestial show? Tell us in the comments.