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Rare lunar eclipse expected tonight

Postby TeMerc » Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:13 am

A rare drama will play out in tonight's skies: a full lunar eclipse on the winter solstice.

The last one occurred in 1638, according to NASA, and tonight's may be only the second one in the last two millennia.

"Since Year 1, I can only find one previous instance of an eclipse matching the same calendar date as the solstice, and that is 1638," Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory, who inspected a list of eclipses going back 2,000 years, said on NASA's solstice lunar eclipse page. The next lunar eclipse on the winter solstice won't be such a long wait, though. It's expected in 2094.
nwz Continued @ CNET
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