While most residents of the Americas were fast asleep, dedicated observers were up all night to witness the total lunar eclipse of December 21, 2010. The event marked the first time our Moon passed through Earth's shadow on the same date as the winter solstice in 372 years.
Though New England was shrouded beneath an impenetrable cloud deck, amateurs as close as New York State were treated to glimpses of the event. Long time contributor Joe Rao reports "Probably the prettiest view came a few minutes after totality at around 3:56 a.m. To the naked eye, the Moon resembled Mars . . . the part of the Moon outside of the umbra appeared like the northern polar cap, while the rest of the Moon glowed a soft ruddy color, transitioning at the lower limb to a flat gray. For a Danjon estimate, I would place it closer to L = 2."
Observers farther south in Georgia and Florida fared much better. Bill Castleman of Gainsville, Florida, complied a tile-lapse video of the event and shared it on Youtube here. Other observing reports are trickling in. In the meantime, why not share your images by uploading them to our online gallery or post your pictures to our Facebook page.