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The 'amazing' lunar eclipse
Star-gazers across America stayed up late last night to witness the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle of a lunar eclipse on the winter solstice
It will be more than 80 years before another lunar eclipse happens on the winter solstice.
It will be more than 80 years before another lunar eclipse happens on the winter solstice.
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he story: Last night, the moon was eclipsed by the shadow of the earth, slowly turning a dull shade of coppery red, on the eve of the winter solstice — the first time these two events have coincided in more than 300 years. If you missed it, too bad: The next opportunity to glimpse a lunar eclipse on the winter solstice won't come around until 2094. (View a timelapse video of the event, below.)
The reaction: This "amazing Christmas present, given to us by the universe" was particularly vivid in North America, says Hanna Jones at Time. It's just a shame "many star-gazers on the West Coast missed out on the spectacle due to the rain." This exact event won't be replicated until 2094, but it's only three years before the U.S. sees another lunar eclipse, says Phil Plait at Discover. Mark April 14, 2014 in your calendar now. Watch the clip:

 

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse from William Castleman on Vimeo.

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