Solstice Lunar Eclipse

Posted December 18, 2010 by User 1

It has been a long time since the last total lunar eclipse occurred back in February, 2008. That was visible from all the continents which border the Atlantic Ocean. This time, the eclipse is centered on the west coast of North America visible from all of North America, almost all of South America and fringes of Europe (beginning), Asia and Australia/Oceania (end).

The eclipse reaches greatest eclipse at 08:17 UT on December 21, 2010 which happens to be the day of the Northern Winter Solstice, otherwise known as the first day of astronomical winter. On this day, the Northern Hemisphere sees the longest night of the year while the Southern Hemisphere sees the longest day of the year. The last time a total lunar eclipse occurred on this solstice was in 1554.

Weather conditions are expected to be poor for much of the US with the exception of small zones of clearing in the Southwest, Northern Rockies, Florida and southeast New England.


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