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November 28, 2010

December brings total lunar eclipse


Lunar eclipse 2/20/08December arrives on Wednesday. It’s a busy month. The year’s earliest sunset occurs on the 8th as Sol drops below Baltimore’s western horizon at 4:43 p.m. The annual Geminid meteor shower – one of the year’s best if skies are clear - peaks on the night of the 13/14th. The fourth full moon of the season rises at 4:13 p.m. EST, on the 20th, only to be darkened by a total lunar eclipse. The eclipse begins at 1:32 a.m. on the 21st, and is total from 2:40 to 3:54 a.m. The winter solstice arrives later the same day, at 6:42 p.m. 

(SUN PHOTO: Jerry Jackson, Feb. 20, 2008)   

Posted by Frank Roylance at 6:00 AM | | Comments (4)
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was it Lunar eclispe in north wales, i seen i wrexham last night as sky was very very clear and around 11:00 pm moon was red for a while? has anybody else noticed it?

FR: No. There is a total lunar eclipse on Dec. 21, however.

No fan of winter (I abhor cold and darkness), every year 9 December serves as a sort of holiday marking the beginning of more afternoon daylight.

Can the lunar eclipse be seen throughout the country? We live in Cincinnati, Ohio - will it be in view here?

FR: Yes. This eclipse will be visible throughout North America and Central America, wherever skies are clear. For more:

Will this be a "red moon" eclipse?

FR: The color of the eclipsed moon varies according to the amount of volcanic dust, air pollution and other aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere at the time of the eclipse. The dust refracts and scatters the sunlight passing through the atmosphere, bending it onto the darkened lunar surface, which would otherwise be almost invisibly dark. The more dust, the more colors other than red are filtered from the sunlight, and the redder the eclipsed moon appears. Colors can vary from gray to coppery red.

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff

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