We realized there was a lunar eclipse going on, last night, in a very last second kind of way. My mother mentioned, after a phone call with one of my siblings, that they had to get off to go and see the lunar eclipse.
I did a quick computer search (we couldn't see the moon through our windows - as it was still very early in the evening), realized it was the super-moon eclipse, and the last of the tetrad of "blood moons", and the last total lunar eclipse until 2032 - clearly we didn't want to miss it
We threw the kids - some with shoes, and cameras in the van, and went out in search of the moon. We found our neighbors gathered in a nearby park, which afforded a view of the moon rising. It was great, because being more prepared than us, they had arrived while it was still light enough to set telescopes up on tripods, and were nice enough to share with the children (while we ran back for coats and the rest of the shoes).
G (age 16) was working with a newish camera in the growing dark, but managed to get three pictures she was happy with. They don't capture all the craters we could see, but they do give a nice image of the shadow.
What makes a blood moon red? The best explanation I could find was right in Google search.
Earth's shadow is red at the edges for the same reason a sunset is red: When sunlight is scattered by passing through Earth's atmosphere, the other colors of the spectrum are removed.
I think we'll be repeating the Blue Sky - Red Sunset experiment from Science is Fun, today.
It's great to be a homeschooler!