It was a cold night in country – the sky was black and it was filled with stars. The land was covered white with snow. Up in the sky, the moon began to change —darkness crept over and then – – to blood red. It was quite a beautiful night to be alive.
A total lunar eclipse occurred on the evening of Wednesday, February 20, and morning of Thursday, February 21, 2008. It was visible in the eastern evening sky on February 20 for all of North and South America, and on February 21 in the predawn western sky from most of Africa and Europe.
The total lunar eclipse is the first of the two lunar eclipses in 2008, with the second, the August 16, 2008 event being partial. The next total lunar eclipse will occur on December 21, 2010.