Sunday, December 19, 2010

Lunar Eclipse on Solstice

For the first time in many years, northern winter is beginning with a total lunar eclipse. On Dec. 21, 2010, the date of the northern winter solstice, the full Moon will pass through Earth's shadow, turning the lunar orb a delightful shade of coppery-red. Sky watchers in North America are favored with an overhead view as the eclipse unfolds on Tuesday morning between 02:41 am and 03:53 am EST. Visit for full coverage of the event including live webcasts, observing tips, and a look at the surprising connection between lunar eclipses and Earth's climate.

More info at Solstice Lunar Eclipse:

Wake up and get out that cup of hot cocoa. Be aware that if you want to watch it from beginning to end, it will take hours- a fact I learned the hard way when I planned a night hike to coincide with a lunar eclipse that happened a few years ago that started at 9pm. The eclipse still wasn't complete by 11pm when I was ready to call it a night. The weather should be cooperating with us though- the forecast is clear with temps in the 40s.

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