total lunar eclipse on night of winter solstice

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Well, after a clear start, the total lunar eclipse fizzled here in metro Atlanta. (Well, the eclipse didn't, but our viewing opportunity did.) I'd been following this schedule, which contains interesting information about all the stages. It wasn't long before clouds started to move in, and by the time the Earth's shadow became prominent, the moon was ducking in and out of clouds, so the photos I was able to take became increasingly difficult to take, with barely acceptable results. Finally, just before full eclipse (that squiggly image on the bottom right), the clouds completely obscured the moon, and I went to bed.

 

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Note: At 8:52pm, my mosaic is appearing in Flickr's 'lunar eclipse' search as #6 out of 13,669 images of the eclipse.

Note 2: On 12/26 this is now #166 out of 89,160.

 

According to this CNN article, with an accompanying video, a full lunar eclipse last appeared on the day of the winter solstice in 1638 (!), and the next total lunar eclipse that will be visible in the continental United States won't be until April 15, 2014. It's interesting that the video, taken on the West Coast, shows the shadow that ultimately covered the moon starting from a different angle than the one here on the East Coast.

 

Here's a lovely video, with 4.5 hours shortened to a minute and thirty seconds.

Here's another, lovely and longer video.

 

 

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Taken on December 21, 2010