Lunar Eclipse Tonight Ushers In Winter Solstice

For the first time in 372 years on Winter Solstice night (the longest night of the year), the sky will be even darker than usual, as a total lunar eclipse and the winter solstice coincide. The only total lunar eclipse of 2010 will be visible from all of North America on Monday night/Tuesday morning. What a wonderful way to usher in Winter Solstice!

Keep reading to find out the best times to see it as well as other things you and your family can do to celebrate Winter Solstice.

The Winter Solstice Eclipse

North America and Central America will have the best view of the lunar eclipse, This year’s event will take 3 hours and 38 minutes. The eclipse begins tonight…actually in the middle of the night at 1:33 a.m. ET, when the Earth’s dark-red shadow will turn up on the edge of the moon, according to NASA. It will take about an hour for the shadow to cover the entire moon. Totality begins at 2:41 a.m. and lasts for 72 minutes.

If you only have time for a quick look, NASA recommends that you take a peek 3:17 a.m. ET. That’s when the moon will be fully covered in an amber light.

The U.S. space agency prepared a map showing how much of the eclipse will be visible from different parts of the world. Click here for this map: http://goo.gl/0ZsC.

Celebrating Winter Solstice

Here are some more ideas!

Make snowflakes for your windows…

Can you even imagine making them as beautiful as these from Harvest Moon By Hand on Etsy?

Light a Candle

Have a Family Feast and Festival!

Click here to see more ideas for Winter Solstice Celebration fun.

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