Total Lunar Eclipse

"The lunar eclipse, photographed at 2:33 am, Dec. 21, 2010, just before near totality.

Tuesday, Dec. 21 — Did you stay up to watch it? Early in the morning on December 21 a total lunar eclipse was visible across all of North America. And for the first time since 1638, according to NASA, a lunar eclipse occurred on the winter solstice. And we here in Woodbridge got a clear view of what for most of was a once-in-a-lifetime event.

According to NASA, From beginning to end, the eclipse lasted about 3 hours, 28 minutes. For those in the Woodbridge area (East Coast of the U.S.) the eclipse lasted from approximately 1:33 through 5:01 am. Totality, the time when Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon, lasted a lengthy 72 minutes. The moon was fully covered by the earth’s shadow, and looked like it was bathed in a warm, amber light, from 2:41 to 3:53 am.

Clouds started to pass in front of the moon as it was coming out of the eclipse; this photo was shot at 5:04 am.

Do you have any eclipse stories to share? Please let us know your observations of the eclipse by commenting below.


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