Sunday, December 19, 2010
Total lunar eclipse reaches into the solstice in Arizona
The national news media is starting to report on the total lunar eclipse on the winter solstice but I haven't seen anything in the Arizona news. [right, areas where the eclipse will be visible. Credit: F. Espenak, NASA/GSFC] However, for us in the earlier time zone of Arizona, most of the eclipse will take place on Dec. 20.
NASA Science News reports:
"The eclipse begins on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21st, at 1:33 am EST [Monday, Dec. 20th, at 11:33 pm MST for us in Arizona]. At that time, Earth's shadow will appear as a dark-red bite at the edge of the lunar disk. It takes about an hour for the "bite" to expand and swallow the entire Moon. Totality commences at 02:41 am EST [12:41 pm MST] and lasts for 72 minutes.
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