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A lunar eclipse will occur on December 20, 2010.  Living in Astoria, and assuming the sky is clear, we should be able to see it starting around 10:30 pm. 

 

What will happen?  The moon will turn a dark reddish brown color as it passes through the earth's shadow.  The phase when the moon is entirely inside the Earth's shadow will last about 72 minutes.   The eclipse will end around 1 am.   

 

What's unusual about this?  Two things - It is the second of two lunar eclipses in 2010. The first was a partial lunar eclipse on June 26, 2010.  This one is also called the Christmas lunar eclipse, and it will be the first total lunar eclipse to occur on the day of the Winter Solstice since 1638.  

 

If you are interested you had better check it out now because the next total lunar eclipse visible to us won’t take place until April 14-15. 2014.

 

 

 

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