Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight 12/20/10. Darkest Night Since 12/21/1638

Jackie - posted on 12/20/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

1,415

44

72

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/20...

Depending on the location, late night December 20 or early morning December 21, the full moon will be darkened by Earth's shadow as our planet passes between it and the sun. December 21 is also the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, after which the days will begin to grow longer. Coupled with the lunar spectacle, it means we're in for an especially dark eve.

According to The AP, North and Central America should both be able to view the entire eclipse, which is estimated to take about 3.5 hours. Total eclipse will begin at 11:41 p.m. PST on Monday, or 2:41 a.m. EST on Tuesday -- so obviously West Coasters will have a better chance to catch the magnificent sight without dragging around heavy eyelids and needing an extra dose of espresso the following morning. If you want to set an alarm to catch a brief glimpse of the amber moon, NASA recommends 3:17 a.m. EST for the optimal impression.

According to AolNews.com, NASA reports that this is the first time an eclipse has coincided with a solstice since December 21, 1638, and the next one won't come around again until 2094. The extravaganza in the sky doesn't end there, however, as the Ursids meteor shower will also be taking place. CityStateTime.com reports that this particular annual show is rarely witnessed compared to its brighter counterparts, but stargazers will have an especially exceptional chance to view the display this year because of the eclipse's darkened sky.

Will you stay up to watch this? Maybe set an alarm so that you can catch a glimpse? I think I may do that latter because I'm not much of a night person.

36 Comments

View replies by

Erin - posted on 12/21/2010

1,278

0

139

I totally slept through my alarm last night UGH!!! From what I heard though the clouds were making it almost impossible to see. Oh well :(

Jodi - posted on 12/21/2010

3,562

36

3907

I miss everything.....86 years huh?

Actually I DID get to see Halley's Comet, so that's a bit of a coup on the rest of you isn't it?

Jackie - posted on 12/21/2010

1,415

44

72

Next time will be 2096 so only about 86 more years. You think any of us will be around to see it??

And... (you won't believe this shit!) I set my alarm but I don't remember it going off. I totally missed it and I REALLY wanted to see the meteor shower! boooooo :(

C. - posted on 12/21/2010

4,125

35

242

Ooooh.. I love stuff like this!!! Last week there was a meteor shower.. I caught maybe one glimpse out of the corner of my eye before I went to bed :( Hopefully tonight I'll be able to see it. Thanks for reminding me!

Amie - posted on 12/21/2010

6,596

20

412

EH! Canada rocks, I'll have you know. =P I can see everything just fine, they should have put the cameras up here to live stream it all. haha

Amie - posted on 12/21/2010

6,596

20

412

Yup. It's the Ursdis meteor shower. Which is rarely seen because it's so dim, normally, compared to other meteor showers. Because of the eclipse it can be seen tonight though.

[deleted account]

:'( for real...a meteor shower too!! you've got to be freakin kidding me...yes the clouds are blocking me..

Amie - posted on 12/21/2010

6,596

20

412

Are clouds in the way Julianne? Is that what you mean? Can you at least see the meteor shower that's going on too?

[deleted account]

yea...i tried to see it.......its spilling down outside...big black sky..i cant see a thing....:(

Amie - posted on 12/21/2010

6,596

20

412

Still watching. Glad I stayed up to watch. I got a few pics but all I used was my point and shoot so not awesome quality but good enough. =)

Becky - posted on 12/20/2010

2,892

44

93

Clouds blew over when there was just a teeny sliver of moon left. A great big cloud too, not one that would blow right back off again. Boo! And it was fricken cold out there too!

Sharon - posted on 12/20/2010

11,585

12

1315

Our telescope is set up but I'm bummed I can't find the computer pad for it or the connection for the dig camera.

April - posted on 12/20/2010

3,420

16

263

well...i will probably not check it out unless I happen to already be up nursing my son. He wakes up frequently,so I am thrilled when I can actually sleep..i am too deprived right now to set my alarm. I don't want to wake him if he's sleeping and if he is sleeping, I've got to grab my chance to sleep too!! I'd love to see a video or replay of it though!!

Jodi - posted on 12/20/2010

3,562

36

3907

Sounds nice Loureen. We're out for dinner tonight - our business Christmas Party. So I have no idea if I'll see it :( I am hoping where we are going I will be able to.

Charlie - posted on 12/20/2010

11,203

111

409

I might turn into a Popsicle too the way this "summer " is going!

Charlie - posted on 12/20/2010

11,203

111

409

Im going to lie under the moon and stars with a bottle of red wine and some friends .

Joanna - posted on 12/20/2010

2,096

19

137

I'm hoping to see it, but there's a HUGE storm right now... Not sure if the rainclouds will let me see it!

Becky - posted on 12/20/2010

2,892

44

93

I'm a night owl anyways, so I'll probably still be up. I might venture out to see it, depending on how cold it is... I'm kind of a wimp! But it would be very cool to see. I remember seeing an eclipse once when I was in my teens and we were camping out on my aunt and uncle's boat. Very cool. I wish the boys were old enough to watch with me, since it may not happen again in their lifetimes, but they wouldn't get it, so I'm not going to get them up and take them out in the cold.

Jackie - posted on 12/20/2010

1,415

44

72

Oh come on Jenn!!! We can all come back tomorrow and tell out horror stories of getting out of bed to see the blood red moon...

Jenn - posted on 12/20/2010

2,683

36

96

I'm sure it will be cool to see - not cool enough to get out of my comfy bed though LOL!

September - posted on 12/20/2010

5,233

15

695

We plan to set our alarm, it's not very often you get to witness something so awesone! :)

[deleted account]

I have been counting the days!!!! i cant wait to celebrate tomorrow. I most defiantly will be watching :D:D:D:D

Dana - posted on 12/20/2010

11,264

35

495

I heard about this, I am super excited! I'm also excited that the daylight hours will now be getting longer instead of shorter!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/20/2010

21,273

9

3058

Thanks for the heads up..I will check it out..I will definately wake up for that...but it is snowing right now and we may not be able to see it.....

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms