Total Lunar Eclipse December 21, 2010 coincides with Winter Solstice, next time will be 2094

By on Dec 20, 2010 in Astronomy, Science, United States Comments

The Total Lunar Eclipse on December 21, 2010 will coincide with the Winter Solstice, and it will happen again on December 21, 2094, 84 years later.

According to Space.com on Friday, the total lunar eclipse and the winter solstice will take place at the same time, December 21, but not in all parts of the world.

As the phenomenon was explained further, winter solstice is called for places north of the equator, while summer solstice for places on the southern part.

Winter solstice marks the official start of winter, and the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Since the North Pole of our tilted planet is pointing away from the Sun, it is at its lowest in our sky.

As examples mentioned by Space, the full moon and solstice in Honolulu will not fall on the same date.

This is because the time in Hawaii runs 10 hours behind GMT, in which the full moon will happen on December 20 at 10:13 p.m. local time, while the solstice comes the following day at 1:38 p.m.

The full moon and the solstice will occur on these respective dates in Alaska, but will be one hour late than Hawaii due to time zone difference.

But in the United States, Canada, and Greenwich, both the full moon and solstice will happen on the same date, December 21.

According to Space’ records, the last two ‘solstice full moon eclipse’ occurred on December 21, 1980 and December 22, 1999, while the next one will happen on Dec. 21, 2094, 84 years from now.

Meanwhile, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) revealed that lunar eclipse stages will last for about three hours and twenty-eight minutes, from start to end, while the full lunar eclipse will last to as long as 72 minutes.

East Coast viewers will witness the eclipse December 21, from 1:33am EST until 5:01 a.m. EST, while spectators from the West Coast can view the lunar phenomenon from December 20 (10:33 pm PST) until December 21 (2:01 am PST).



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