Lunar Eclipse -- For Over An Hour!

By KBJR News 1

December 20, 2010 Updated Dec 20, 2010 at 8:40 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (The Northland's NewsCenter) --- A rare astronomical event, a total lunar eclipse will happen early Tuesday morning, on the day of the winter solstice.

The phenomenon happens when the shadow of the earth passes across the surface of the moon.

Tomorrow's eclipse will be a total eclipse where the moon will be completely blacked out for over an hour starting at 12:30 a.m. C.S.T.

According to the NASA website, the best time to view should be at 2:15 a.m.

The event should be visible to everyone in the Western Hemisphere.
Astronomers say the last time a lunar eclipse happened on the Winter solstice was over 300 years ago in 1638.

Written for the web by Matt Standal