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Gazing at the lunar eclipse


The lunar eclipse over Aurora, Ontario. Click the image for a look at the moon from different parts of Canada.
The lunar eclipse over Aurora, Ontario. Click the image for a look at the moon from different parts of Canada.

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

December 21, 2010 — Early risers, and those with clear skies, were treated to a total lunar eclipse this morning.

The progression of the lunar eclipse in Brampton, ON
The progression of the lunar eclipse in Brampton, ON

If the weather forecast was on your side, and you were willing to wake up early enough, you may have been treated to quite the sight this morning.

A total lunar eclipse began around 1:33 a.m. EST, and at it's peak the moon had taken on a bloody red hue. The event was particularly special, as NASA said it is the first one to occur on the winter solstice in over 300 years. Also, the eclipse occurred on December 21st - something that hasn't happened since 1638.

During the three and a half hour event, the moon appeared high in the sky as the earth, moon and sun came into alignment. Since the moon aligned with the Milky Way's stars, it resulted in an enhanced ambience and a visually spectacular sight.

For some, however, the clouds and weather conditions got in the way of the show.

“It would have been difficult for anyone east of Montreal to get a good look at the eclipse, due to cloud cover,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Conditions were clear across Ontario, most of the Prairies and the northern regions of Canada.”

Do you have photos of the lunar eclipse? Upload them to The Weather Network's photo gallery.

With files from Beverley Ann D'Cruz

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