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Astronomers are hoping for clear skies tonight so they can get the best view of a blood red moon during a full lunar eclipse.
Carter Observatory astronomer Claire Bretherton said viewers would have a "spectacular" sight, as long as it was not too cloudy.

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A lunar eclipse at sunrise

People in the UK will have the chance to see a total eclipse of the Moon at sunrise on the morning of 21 December, the date of the winter solstice. Unusually, for British observers this eclipse includes a brief period when both the Sun and eclipsed Moon are above the horizon and precisely opposite each other in the sky.
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Live webcast from the Coca-Cola Space Science Centre.

Webcast starts at 12:00am EST December 21

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Live Video of the Lunar Eclipse

The next total lunar eclipse will begin when the moon moves into Earth's penumbral shadow on December 21, 2010 at 5:29 UTC.
If you don't want to brave the December chill, or if your weather doesn't cooperate for lunar viewing, we have you covered! A live video feed of the lunar eclipse will be embedded on this page on Dec. 20. The camera is mounted at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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Solstice Lunar Eclipse

The eclipse begins on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21st, at 1:33 am EST (Monday, Dec. 20th, at 10:33 pm PST). At that time, Earth's shadow will appear as a dark-red bite at the edge of the lunar disk. It takes about an hour for the "bite" to expand and swallow the entire Moon. Totality commences at 02:41 am EST (11:41 pm PST) and lasts for 72 minutes.
If you're planning to dash out for only one quick look - it is December, after all - choose this moment: 03:17 am EST (17 minutes past midnight PST). That's when the Moon will be in deepest shadow, displaying the most fantastic shades of coppery red.

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Lunar eclipse to be visible over New Zealand

Some New Zealanders will soon get the chance to see a total lunar eclipse, an opportunity which has not arisen for nearly three years.
In a lunar eclipse the moon is obscured as it passes through the Earth's shadow.
The eclipse will begin before moonrise on December 21.

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Total Lunar Eclipse of December 21, 2010
Europe North America Pacific
Event GMT AST EST CST MST PST AKST HST
Partial Eclipse Begins: 06:33 am 02:33 am 01:33 am 12:33 am 11:33 pm* 10:33 pm* 09:33 pm* 08:33 pm*
Total Eclipse Begins: 07:41 am 03:41 am 02:41 am 01:41 am 12:41 am 11:41 pm* 10:41 pm* 09:41 pm*
Mid-Eclipse: 08:17 am 04:17 am 03:17 am 02:17 am 01:17 am 12:17 am 11:17 pm* 10:17 pm*
Total Eclipse Ends: 08:53 am 04:53 am 03:53 am 02:53 am 01:53 am 12:53 am 11:53 pm* 10:53 pm*
Partial Eclipse Ends: 10:01 am 06:01 am 05:01 am 04:01 am 03:01 am 02:01 am 01:01 am 12:01 am
* Event occurs on evening of December 20, 2010

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Total Lunar Eclipse on December 21st, 2010 at 07:40 UT

The last lunar eclipse of 2010 is especially well placed for observers throughout North America.
The last lunar eclipse of 2010 is especially well placed for observers throughout North America. The eclipse occurs at the Moon's descending node in eastern Taurus, four days before perigee.
The Moon's orbital trajectory takes it through the northern half of Earth's umbral shadow. Although the eclipse is not central, the total phase still lasts 72 minutes. The Moon's path through Earth's shadows as well as a map illustrating worldwide visibility of the event are shown in the figure above. The timings of the major eclipse phases are listed below.

Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 05:29:17 UT
Partial Eclipse Begins: 06:32:37 UT
Total Eclipse Begins: 07:40:47 UT (11:40pm PST)
Greatest Eclipse: 08:16:57 UT (12:16am PST)
Total Eclipse Ends: 08:53:08 UT
Partial Eclipse Ends: 10:01:20 UT
Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 11:04:31 UT

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