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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Total Lunar Eclipse December 21, 2010 Winter Solstice

Total Lunar Eclipse December 21, 2010
New York, NY Celestron 4SE telescope. All exposures were taken with Canon 40D. Backyard astronomy and digital astrophotography. Weather in New Your during the eclipse time was fantastic, but a little bit cold.

Total Lunar Eclipse
Total Lunar Eclipse Celestron NexStar 4SE Canon 40D

The eclipse of December 21 2010 Tuesday morning was the first total lunar eclipse to occur on the day of the Northern Winter Solstice - the shortest day and longest night of the year (Southern Summer Solstice) since 1638 (first time in 372 years), and only the second in the Common Era. That will not happen again until 2094.

The eclipse was the first total lunar eclipse in almost three years, since the February 2008 total lunar eclipse. It is the second of two lunar eclipses in 2010.

NYC Total Lunar Eclipse Celestron 4SE Canon_40D Brooklyn Astronomy

Total Lunar Eclipse Celestron 4SE Canon_40D Brooklyn Astronomy

Total Lunar Eclipse Celestron 4SE Canon_40D Brooklyn Astronomy
Total Lunar Eclipse Celestron 4SE Canon_40D Brooklyn Astronomy


Partial eclipse begins 1:33am EST
Total eclipse begins 2:41am EST
Middle of eclipse 3:17am EST
Total eclipse ends 3:53am EST
Partial eclipse ends 5:01am EST