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Title: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: punatic on December 17, 2010, 11:50:30 pm
There is a total lunar eclipse happening on the coming full moon.  The eclipse begins at 12:27AM EST on 12/21/10.  Totality begins at 2:40AM EST.  With eclipse maximum at 3:17AM EST.

Winter Solstice happens just a few hours later at 6:38PM EST on 12/21/10.

Big solar system shindig that day!  Woo Hooo!

Joe Bob says, "Check it out!"
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: tschmidlin on December 17, 2010, 11:52:48 pm
That should be awesome . . . too bad it's not tonight while the sky is clear, it's supposed to be overcast Monday night. :(
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: loopy on December 18, 2010, 11:47:44 am
There is alot of symbolism in those events as well for those that take interest in that sorta thing. 
Might be a neat event to see. 
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: euge on December 20, 2010, 09:05:47 pm
It should occur about 0015 Central. Sky is clear and moon is full. Forecast is for fog but I'm optimistic for a nice viewing.
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: tubercle on December 20, 2010, 09:16:53 pm
I wonder if this has any thing to do with that Nostra Dumb Ass fella?
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: euge on December 20, 2010, 09:59:00 pm
Probably.  8)
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: loopy on December 20, 2010, 10:12:54 pm
too cloudy to see anything for me tonight. 
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: punatic on December 21, 2010, 12:30:25 am
It's raining here on the windward side.  Now that's a big surprise!   ;)  No moon in sight.  :'(

There are several sites streaming video of the eclipse on Upstream.  (yawn).
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: euge on December 21, 2010, 12:34:29 am
Total Eclipse!
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: drunkenpuff on December 21, 2010, 12:52:59 am
It looks incredible! The last time an eclipse happened on the Winter Solstice, Galileo was under house arrest...1638!
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: punatic on December 21, 2010, 01:00:23 am
It looks incredible! The last time an eclipse happened on the Winter Solstice, Galileo was under house arrest...1638!

A sure sign of man-made global warming!   ::)
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: 1vertical on December 21, 2010, 11:31:29 am
too cloudy to see anything for me tonight. 
That was my scenario as well
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: euge on December 21, 2010, 11:53:34 am
The clouds blew in too so I didn't get to see the whole thing. Pretty cool though. Once in a lifetime.
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: punatic on December 21, 2010, 12:05:54 pm
Lunar eclipse coinciding with winter solstice is once in many lifetimes. 

Total lunar eclipses come in clusters. There can be two or three during a period of a year or a year and a half, followed by a lull of two or three years before another round begins. When you add partial eclipses there can be three in a calendar year and again, it's quite possible to have none at all.
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: theDarkSide on December 21, 2010, 12:09:11 pm
The clouds blew in too so I didn't get to see the whole thing. Pretty cool though. Once in a lifetime.

Just think, the next time this happens in 350 years or whenever they will be saying, "This type of event hasn't happened since the time of internal combustion engines, and computers were operated with a mouse and keyboard...in other words, the Dark Ages."

edit: So I guess the next eclipse during Northern Winter Solstice will be in 2094.   Maybe by then InBev will be owned by a collaboration of craft brewers.
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: tubercle on December 21, 2010, 05:54:26 pm
At my location the lunar eclipse was eclipsed by clouds >:(
Title: Re: Total Lunar Eclipse on Monday/Tuesday 12/20&21/10
Post by: punatic on December 23, 2010, 11:41:27 am
(http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/1012/tle2010_hetlage.jpg)

APOD 12/23/2010