|Credit: Beautiful picture taken by Jim Fakatselis during a Total Lunar Eclipse|
This is a unique moment you don't want to miss. So if you have a chance to checkout this spectacular occasion, do so. Hopefully it will be visible in your part of the world.
The Next Total Lunar Eclipse during a Winter Solstice will be 372 years from now. The Next Total Lunar Eclipse will occur on April 15, 2014.
What is a Lunar Eclipse?
This event occurs when the Sun, Earth and moon are in an alignment. The Lunar eclipse can only happen during a full moon. As the total Lunar Eclipse occurs the moon will appear as a red and orange hue.
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Credit:Animated picture from Wikipedia December 2010 lunar eclipse
The Umbra is the darkest part of the Earth's shadow, where complete darkness and no radiant light occurs. When you see the moon in the umbra stage it is known as a Total Eclipse.
The Penumbra is Earth's partially lit shadow casting on the moon. This is also known as a Partial Eclipse.