Images: Be prepared for total lunar eclipse
Total lunar eclipse
The moon will be completely under Earth's shadow for about 50 minutes. During this time the moon won't be completely obscured because of indirect light coming from the Earth's atmosphere. But the moon will appear to change colors from light gray to orange or deep red. The shade depend son the amount of dust and clouds in the Earth's atmosphere.
West Coast residents may miss out on the early stages of the eclipse as it will occur before moon rise but the rest of the country should be able to see the entire even--weather permitting, of course.
Here is the eclipse in its early stages before it begins to turn colors.