December 24, 2010

Thousands Text NASA For Lunar Eclipse Event

It seems clouds and winter storms did nothing to quell some viewers of Monday night's lunar eclipse. Even in places like Southern California, where rain and fog completely masked views of the sky, fans participated by watching live video streams or joining online chat rooms.

JPL received thousands of comments and photos as part of its "I'm There: Lunar Eclipse" campaign, which had viewers text in their viewing spots and comments for display on an interactive map at Moon-gazers from all 50 states -- and Puerto Rico! -- texted in their locations and hundreds sent in comments.

Those who missed Monday's event can still take a gander at the eclipsed moon and its many faces on "NASAJPL's I'm There: Lunar Eclipse Flickr group, which features close to 2,000 photos of the eclipse taken by people across the world.

JPL will choose a group of finalists to have their photos featured in a slideshow on the JPL website and one lucky winner to have his or her photo turned into an official JPL wallpaper at . (The wallpaper contest closed at 8 a.m. PST on Dec. 23, but we still welcome additions to the Flickr group at .)

Want to keep the conversation going? JPL is now offering text news alerts, which give subscribers automatic text updates on the latest space and science news on their mobile devices. To sign up, simply text JPLNEWS to 67463 (message and data rates may apply).

And join us for more stellar events connecting sky gazers across the world. Learn more about JPL's mobile and social media programs at and .