I never knew about this astronomical event. I was on my PC in front of my television while watching the Weather Channel. Then out of nowhere, they mentioned that a rare lunar eclipse is bound to happen late tonight of December 20, 2010! I was really interested in seeing this event happen and hoping to get it on film, although if it's not the best quality.

So in this video, right before Christmas, before this year ends, a total lunar eclipse occurred in North America at exactly 12:17 a.m. pst. On the West Coast, the total eclipse will begin at 11:41 p.m. on Monday. First, the partial lunar eclipse began at 10:32 p.m. The total lunar eclipse began at 11:40 p.m. The maximum lunar eclipse begins at 12:16 a.m. Total lunar eclipse ends at 12:52 a.m. Then the partial lunar eclipse ends at 2:01 a.m.
This lunar eclipse occurred on the eve of the Winter Solstice.

The last time there was a lunar eclipse on the Winter Solstice was in December 21, 1638. The next one will occur in 2094. I am glad that I have seen this rare phenomenal event!

And one last thing, this was a very lucky time for us in the Bay Area. We had so many days of rain and 100% cloud cover. And by just that evening of Monday, December 20, 2010, it somehow gave way to crystal clear skies with the stars clearly visible as well as the full moon. At this time, around 10 p.m., we were in the clear, right between the last rains and an approaching cold front. A small band of clearing in between the storms just enough to see this entire eclipse. Right after the eclipse, there was increasing clouds by the time the sun came up again. Wow....call us lucky!!

Enjoy the video everyone and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

[Footage taken on December 20-21, 2010 in San Jose, CA with my Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH camera.]

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