Monday, December 20, 2010

Unique Lunar Eclipse


There will be a total lunar eclipse beginning tomorrow morning at approximatley 1:30 AM (EST) and will continue for three and a half hours. The totality of it will be seen for over an hour beginning at approximately 2:45, where the moon, being shaded by the earth from the sun, will turn a coppery red. There will be approximately 1.5 billion people worldwide who will be able to see it. That a lunar eclipse is happening is not really big news, as there have been three in the past ten years. What is unusual is a total eclipse on the Winter Solstice, December 21st. The last time that this took place was the early 1600s, but the next one will occur in the year 2094. What is "nearly" as amazing to me is how on earth the "experts" are actually able to understand all of these calculations. :-) Below is a picture of a lunar eclipse.


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