Solstice Lunar Eclipse Captivates Viewers Across North America (VIDEO)

Solstice Lunar Eclipse Captivates Viewers Across North America (VIDEO)

Solstice Lunar Eclipse Captivates Viewers Across North America (VIDEO)

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Dec. 21 2010 2:27 PM

Solstice Lunar Eclipse Captivates Viewers Across North America (VIDEO)


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A rare "stars are aligned" moment has everyone searching for "lunar eclipse." According to

, this is the first time in 372 years that a lunar eclipse occurred on the winter solstice, aka the shortest day (and longest night) of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Starting at about 2 a.m. ET on Dec. 21, Earth passed between the moon and the sun, casting a reddish-amber shadow over the moon. The best views were from Central and North America. For those of you who missed it, here's a time lapse video of what it looked like.