Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2010 Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse

Early Tuesday morning people in the Princeton area who set their alarm clocks and braved the 29º temperature (real feel 16º) were able to witness an astronomical event of a lifetime—a winter solstice lunar eclipse. As the Earth passed directly between the Sun and the full Moon, its shadow covered the lunar surface and transformed its normal bright whiteness into a deep copper glow. This event was especially significant because this lunar eclipse coincided with the winter solstice, something that hasn't happened in 372 years and won't come around again until 2094.


Helene said...

And some of us were lucky enough to see it from the comfort of our bedroom.