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Monday, December 20, 2010

Sky Gazers: Lunar Eclipse Times:

There will be a total lunar eclipse visible from all of North America during the night of December 20/21, 2010. For most stargazers it will be visible on the morning of December 21; however in some time zones it will start late in the night on December 20 and end after midnight early on December 21. The eclipse times are given in the standard North American times zones and in universal time.

Eastern Standard Time:

Penumbral eclipse begins 12:29 AM EST
Partial eclipse begins 1:33 AM EST
Total eclipse begins 2:41 AM EST
Greatest eclipse 3:17 AM EST
Total eclipse ends 3:53 AM EST
Partial eclipse ends 5:01 AM EST
Penumbral eclipse ends 6:05 AM EST
Central Standard Time:

Penumbral eclipse begins 11:29 PM CST
Partial eclipse begins 12:33 AM CST
Total eclipse begins 1:41 AM CST
Greatest eclipse 2:17 AM CST
Total eclipse ends 2:53 AM CST
Partial eclipse ends 4:01 AM CST
Penumbral eclipse ends 5:05 AM CST
Mountain Standard Time:

Penumbral eclipse begins 10:29 PM MST
Partial eclipse begins 11:33 PM MST
Total eclipse begins 12:41 AM MST
Greatest eclipse 1:17 AM MST
Total eclipse ends 1:53 AM MST
Partial eclipse ends 3:01 AM MST
Penumbral eclipse ends 4:05 AM MST
Pacific Standard Time:

Penumbral eclipse begins 9:29 PM PST
Partial eclipse begins 10:33 PM PST
Total eclipse begins 11:41 PM PST
Greatest eclipse 12:17 AM PST
Total eclipse ends 12:53 AM PST
Partial eclipse ends 2:01 AM PST
Penumbral eclipse ends 3:05 AM PST
The Universal Time (UT) of the eclipse will be:

Penumbral eclipse begins 5:29 UT
Partial eclipse begins 6:33 UT
Total eclipse begins 7:41 UT
Greatest eclipse 8:17 UT
Total eclipse ends 8:53 UT
Partial eclipse ends 10:01 UT
Penumbral eclipse ends 11:05 UT
The early and late penumbral parts of the eclipse will be very hard to observe. The average stargazer will not see anything until the partial eclipse begins.

Dress warmly and enjoy a total lunar eclipse on the winter solstice.

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