Very early in the morning of December 21st, Europe will see the Moon's appearance change due to a total lunar eclipse. The Moon will become colourful from bright orange to blood red to dark brown and perhaps gray. The total lunar eclipse will begin when the moon moves into Earth's penumbral shadow on December 21st, 2010 at 5h29min (UTC).
This eclipse's maximum will occur at 08h17min (UTC) which means it will be early in the morning and that it will be visible at moonset in most western Europe. In America it will occur in the middle of the night and the Moon will be high above the horizon. The eclipse occurs as the moon passes through the northern portion of Earth's shadow, just four days before perigee, when the moon is closest to Earth.
|The Lunar Eclipse of December 21st.
Image credit: Tom Ruen / Wikipedia
The EAAE's project Moonwalkers brings a new challenge to school teachers and to all educators in general. Students and teachers are invited to share every kind of observations of the Moon that make and we will present your reports pictures or drawings on our webpage with due credit.
Lunar Eclipse - September 2007