Monday, December 20, 2010

Lunar eclipse

Are you getting up this night? It is the winter solstice and also a lunar eclipse. The last time these 2 events coincided was according to some in 1638 and others say in 1545! A long time ago for sure...
It happens rarely and will not occur again in our life time. So set your alarm!
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon are almost exactly in line, with the moon and sun on opposite sides of our home planet.
The alignment will cause the full moon to appear much dimmer than usual, but sunlight passing through the Earth's atmosphere will give the lunar surface a deep reddish hue at dawn.


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