Last night I got to witness the total lunar eclipse. I've never seen an eclipse (lunar or solar) so it was pretty cool to see.
The lunar eclpise takes more than three hours for the Earth's shadow to pass over the moon. When the Eclipse first started I went outside to see.it. I decided that I would monitor the eclipse on NASA's Ustreem feed because it was COLD outside.
Taken outside my aprtment
Apparently, full lunar eclipses happen once a year (with partial ones happening more frequently), but this one was rare because it landed on the winter solstice. The solstice is the shortest day of the year, when the moon is high in the sky.
The last time that happened was Dec. 21, 1638. And the next time will be Dec. 21, 2094. Amazing, I decided to wake my brother up to cme see it. We got to see history :-)
Fun Fact: The reason the moon turned red is because the rim of the planet was on fire! As you scan your eye around Earth's circumference on the moon, you're seeing every sunrise and every sunset in the world, all of them, all at once. This incredible light beams into the heart of Earth's shadow, filling it with a coppery glow and transforming the Moon into a great red orb.
For those of you who couldn't see it, here's a video and some pictures for you. Click the photos to enlarge.
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