Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Total lunar eclipse just before Christmas

"The night 20-21 December 2010 is witnessing a total lunar eclipse in some parts of the world just before the Christmas. The moon will pass through the darkest part of the Earth's shadow, and for the first time in 372 years, the spectacle will take place during the winter solstice. It will be visible after midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 21 in North and South America. The beginning of the total eclipse can be seen from northern Europe just before sunrise. The moon will be located nearly overhead during the peak of the eclipse for North American observers.The end of the total eclipse will be visible rising at sunset for Japan and northeastern Asia. A partial eclipse will also be visible in the Philippines just after sunset. ..."