Total Lunar Eclipse Can Be Seen Early Tuesday Morning


Sunday, December 19th 2010, 3:12 pm
By: News On 6


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TULSA, Oklahoma -- For the first time in nearly 400 years, the northern winter is beginning with a total lunar eclipse, according to SpaceWeather.com.

On December 21, the date of the northern winter solstice, the full moon will pass through earth's shadow turning the lunar orb coppery-red.

Sky watchers in North America are favored with an overhead view as the eclipse unfolds on Tuesday morning between 2:41 a.m. and 3:53 a.m. EST which translates to 1:41 a.m. and 2:53 a.m. Central time.

According to Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory, the last time the lunar eclipse fell on the same day as the northern winter solstice was Dec 21, 1638. 

"Fortunately we won't have to wait 372 years for the next one," he said.  "That will be on December 21, 2094."