Science, like many things in life, can be more fun when you share it with others.
With that in mind, JPL has launched a new Internet and text message campaign to help those viewing Monday night's lunar eclipse share the experience with the world.
Barring cloudy skies, the first total eclipse of the moon in three years will be visible throughout North America from about 11:40 p.m. Monday through just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.
Those who go out for a look can use their cell phones' texting and Internet functions to find out what others are making of the experience through JPL's "I'm there: lunar eclipse campaign," which allows sky gazers to become part of in an interactive map and live comment feed at a special lunar eclipse web page.
Text "IMTHERE" to 67463 and you'll receive a reminder to view the eclipse on Monday. After arriving at your viewing spot, text back your Zip Code and JPL will pinpoint that location on that web page's digital map.