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Total lunar eclipse, December 21, 2010

The first total eclipse of the Moon in nearly 3 years occurs the night of December 20/21. Weather permitting, people across North America will be able to see totality.
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The totally eclipsed Moon December 20/21 lies in Taurus the Bull, near its order with Orion and Gemini.
On the morning of December 21 (or the night of the 20th for those in the western United States), plan to get out your lawn chairs, binoculars, and low-power eyepieces. And, this year, you’d better add a blanket. The first total lunar eclipse in nearly 3 years is on its way.

This event will thrill viewers across North America and the Pacific. And it takes place just 15 hours before the winter solstice, which places the Moon exceptionally high in the winter sky, near the borders of the constellations Taurus, Gemini, and Orion.

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