For the first time in almost four centuries (since 1683), December\’s full moon coincides with the winter solstice on December 12, 2010. The coincidence happens only when the Earth aligns itself directly between the sun and the moon. The Earth, on this moment, blocks the Sun’s rays from reaching the Moon, casting a shadow all over the Moon, turning the Moon into different colors: gray, pink, orange hue and even red. The 2010’s lunar eclipse is entirely visible in Greenland, North America and Iceland. The beginning stages before moonset can be perfectly watched in Western Europe while latest stage is seen fully in Australia. For those luckily have clear view of the sky, they describe the transformation of the Moon as a “coppery orb”.


The full moon shadowed by the Earth during a total lunar eclipse on the arrival of the winter solstice is seen over the Washington Monument.


The pictures show the sequence of the Moon in total lunar eclipse from Silver Spring, Maryland, America. The Moon is seen in red part of the spectrum and visible despite being in shadow.


The Moon winks over the space shuttle Discovery which is headed for a fuel tank inspection at Florida\’s Kennedy Space Center. The picture is seen in the first hour of winter solstice lunar eclipse on December 21.


The eclipsed Moon is clearly viewed from the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia.


The sun’s rays turn the Moon into several shades of reddish orange as seen from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.


The Moon in reddish color passes through the monument of The Saviour of The World in El Salvador.


The combo of pictures shows the Moon behind the clouds and in the Earth’s shadow as seen from the northeastern German town of Petersdorf.


Lunar eclipse is clearly seen in the Scottish Borders.


The picture is captured in New York through the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during lunar eclipse.


The Moon is seen at nearly at the peak through a telescope in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.


The combo of pictures resembles the moon in all stages viewed from Mexico City.


The combination shows three stages of lunar eclipse from Soham, Cambridgeshire.


The Moon in Earth’s shadow is observed from Gateshead.


The peak of total eclipse is captured in Manassas, Virginia, America.


The Moon shows its crimson splendor over a statue on the top of St. Patrick\’s Cathedral in New York City.



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