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Lunar Eclipse 2010

On December 21, 2010 at 5:27 UTC  a lunar eclipse occurred coinciding with the Winter Solstice for the northern hemisphere.  The last time this event occurred was in 1638 and is the second to happen in the entire common era.  The next time this event happens is 2092, I hope to be around for it!   The night was cold, 12:30am my time.  I gathered with about 70 people at the meadowlands environmental center’s observatory to view the eclipse.  There was hot chocolate and moonpies for everyone!  The 24″ telescope was open to the public and there were many other smaller telescopes set up in the parking lot.   I brought my 80mm refractor, dlsr, and a tripod to image this rare event.  I am so thankful to Dr. Sloan at the observatory for supplying me with a freshly charged battery for my Canon XS as mine decided to die halfway through the eclipse.  The following photo was taken between the hours of 1:17am and 3:17 am EST.

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