I happened to be awake at 3:30 am, so I went outside to look at the “Blood Moon” lunar eclipse. In Silicon Valley the moon looked much darker than normal, and reddish-brown with a silver crescent to the right.
It looked textured like the dimpling on an orange. 🙂
According to CNN, there will be 4 such events (a tetrad) in 2014-2015, with only 9 in the past 2,000 years.
Famous early astronomers didn’t have such a viewing opportunity, which is a shame, since no telescope is needed.