Weather permitting, late Monday night we will see 2010’s first and only total eclipse of the moon (not to be confused with Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart). The exciting part is that the moon will be so high in the sky, you can see it without a telescope! It also happens to be winter solstice.
The eclipse will happen Monday night for those in the West Coast and early Tuesday morning for those in the East Coast. During a lunar eclipse, the full moon will pass through the shadow created by the Earth blocking the sun’s light. A little indirect sunlight penetrates through and gives the moon a dark-red look.
The eclipse will be begin at 11:41pm PST (1:41 am EST) and will take about an hour for the dark-red color to cover the entire moon. According to NASA, the last lunar eclipse that happened on the winter solstice was in 1638 and the next one won’t happen until 2094.
It’s worth staying up for!