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December 10: Total Lunar Eclipse

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December 10: Total Lunar Eclipse

On December 10th, parts of North America will be situated to enjoy the second, and final, lunar eclipse of the year, a total eclipse of the Moon.

The regions of the globe that will have ringside seats for this eclipse are Alaska, Hawaii, northwestern Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and central and eastern Asia. For the contiguous U.S. and Canada, the east will see only the initial penumbral stages before moonset. Over the central regions, the Moon will set as it becomes progressively immersed in the Earth’s umbral shadow.

The Rocky Mountain States and the Prairie Provinces will see the Moon set in total eclipse, while in the west the Moon will start to emerge from the shadow as it sets. The Moon passes through the southern part of the Earth’s shadow, with totality lasting 52 minutes. The geometrical magnitude is 1.111.

Here’s a look at the time of this event (all times reflect the Eastern Time Zone):
Moon Enters Penumbra, 6:32 a.m.
Moon Enters Umbra, 7:45 a.m.
Total Eclipse Begins, 9:06 a.m.
Middle of Eclipse, 9:32 a.m.
Total Eclipse Ends, 9:58 a.m.
Moon Leaves Umbra, 11:18 a.m.
Moon Leaves Penumbra, 12:32 p.m.

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1 Jean L. Corcoran { 12.07.11 at 10:06 am }

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