Looking for LIVE video of the Dec. 10, 2011 total lunar eclipse? CLICK HERE. Reports below are from December 2010.
5:12 a.m. EST – The moon has passed beyond the shadow of Earth now ending the 2010 total lunar eclipse. North Americans will have their next opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014. For now, prepare for the winter solstice (the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere), which is only 13 hours and 26 minutes away at 6:38 p.m. EST.
3:53 a.m. EST – (1 hour 8 minutes from the end of the eclipse) Earth’s shadow is now slowly leaving the surface of the moon.
3:43 a.m. EST – (10 minutes until end of total eclipse phase) NASA’s live camera at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., was shutdown due to rain. The Richmond Astronomical Society in Richmond, Va. is still up and running.
3:17 a.m. EST – (36 minutes until end of total eclipse phase) We have reached the middle of the eclipse at this point. Sky conditions in the Washington, D.C. area are very good with a few clouds.
2:41 a.m. EST – (72 minutes until end of total eclipse phase) We have reached the point of total eclipse. Earth’s shadow is giving the moon a rusty-redish-brown color. Total eclipse, known as totality, will last just over 72 minutes. This is quite a bit longer than the last total lunar eclipse on Feb. 28, 2008 which lasted 50 minutes.
2:06 a.m. EST – (35 minutes from total eclipse point) Additional live camera reported NASA TV HD.
1:53 a.m. EST – (48 minutes from total eclipse point) Viewing conditions in the D.C. area are pretty good with some haze. Earth’s dark shadow is clearly visible crawling across the moon’s surface at this time. Total eclipse will begin at 2:41 a.m. EST (Washington, D.C. local time).
1:33 a.m. EST – The Richmond Astronomical Society, Richmond, Va. video channel is back online. We have hit the point of “partial eclipse.” Partial eclipse begins as the moon’s eastern edge slowly moves into the Earth’s shadow. It still may take several minutes to notice the moon’s disk darken on the edge from the shadow.
1:26 a.m. EST – (7 minutes until eclipse is visible) The Richmond Astronomical Society, Richmond, Va. video channel has gone offline because of cloud cover.
1:13 a.m. EST – (20 minutes until eclipse is visible) Google has launched a live telescope feed in Google Sky, and we’ll be broadcasting the whole event so that you can keep tabs on the event regardless of the local weather conditions. To find the feed, which was created in partnership with slooh.com, fire up Google Earth and enter Sky Mode by clicking on the Planet Icon in the toolbar and selecting Sky. Then, open up the Current Sky Events folder and click on the blue Slooh Space Camera link to open the feed balloon.
12:34 a.m. EST – (59 minutes until eclipse is visible) The color and brightness of a lunar eclipse can vary considerably from one eclipse to another. Dark eclipses are caused by volcanic gas and dust which filters and blocks much of the sun’s light from reaching the moon. Recent volcanic eruptions from Indonesia’s Mount Merapi could significantly darken Earth’s shadow as it moves across the moon tonight.
12:08 a.m. EST – (1 hour and 25 minutes until eclipse is visible) The entire eclipse is visible from North America, Greenland and Iceland. Western Europe will see the beginning stages before the moon sets below the horizon. Western Asia will only get the end stages as the moon rises. For the Washington, D.C. area the eclipse begins at 1:33 a.m. EST.
11:30 p.m. EST – (2 hours and 3 minutes until eclipse is visible) Additional live cameras on-line following the eclipse:
- ECLIPSE LUNAR DESDE SANTIAGO DE CHILE
- Richmond Astronomical Society, Richmond, Va.
Sky watchers worldwide will receive a special holiday gift this year as winter begins in the northern hemisphere and the moon changes colors during a total lunar eclipse.
Early Tuesday morning, a total lunar eclipse will cause the moon to take on a dramatically colorful appearance, according to NASA scientist.
“During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon’s disk can take on a dramatically colorful appearance from bright orange to blood red and more rarely dark brown to very dark gray,” says Fred Espenak, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
This last lunar eclipse of 2010 is especially well placed for observers throughout North America. The eclipse occurs as the moon passes through Earth’s shadow.
One of the greatest things about lunar eclipses is that they are completely safe to view with the naked eye. No special equipment is needed.
From start to finish, Tuesday’s lunar eclipse lasts approximately three hours and twenty-eight minutes starting at 1:33 a.m. EST (Washington D.C. local time).
Weather permitting; NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has a live camera on-line to view the event if you can’t brave the cold temperatures outside.
“The skies are varying between clear and cloudy here [in Huntsville, Ala.],” NASA says on their Web site. “We hope for good weather for the eclipse later tonight.”
Sky conditions in the Washington, D.C. area are currently clear with winds from the northwest at 20 to 30 miles per hour and a temperature of 32 degrees.
THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT DURING THE EVENT, STAY TUNED (see above):