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Rare lunar eclipse observed by sky watchers

Date Posted: 21/12/10

Rare lunar eclipse observed by sky watchers

Sky watchers have taken in the first total lunar eclipse to occur for three years earlier this morning.

The event began at 07:41 GMT, and is caused by the full moon passing through the shadow created by the earth blocking light coming from the sun.

According to the BBC, the totality phase, which is where the moon is entirely in the earth's shadow, lasted for just over an hour.

Those on the west coast of the US saw the start of the eclipse last night, with observers in North and Central America able to see the whole event.

People looking to the early morning sky in Western Europe caught the beginning of the spectacle, while space fans in western Asia witnessed the end.

Those interested in space exploration could visit the London's Science Museum on cheap weekend breaks, where it is showing Hubble 3D, exploring the mysteries of the universe using NASA technology.

Posted by Louise Millard

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