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Lunar eclipse - the second for 2010

the Lunar eclipse which will begin on December, 21st 2010. At 8:29 Moscow time, becomes the eclipse first almost for 400 years which have coincided with a winter solstice. To such conclusion from Military - a sea observatory the astronomer has come to the USA Jeff Chester.
for last two thousand years only once the eclipse was necessary for the same calendar date, as a winter solstice. By estimates of the astronomer, it was on December, 21st 1638. He also has calculated, when there will be a following similar eclipse - it will occur on December, 21st 2094.
Become witnesses of event of universal value all inhabitants of the western hemisphere of the Earth can almost. However completely in Russia inhabitants of Chukotka and Kamchatka, Tajmyra, New Land and northern part of Kola peninsula can see all phases of an eclipse only. Besides, the eclipse will be good in Northern and Central America, on islands of Pacific ocean, in Iceland and Greenland.
Some phases of an eclipse will be visible in the South America, the Western Africa and the Western Europe, northern part European. On rising - in China, Japan, Australia and Jugo - East Asia.
at the same time inhabitants of India, a southern part of the European Russia, Central Asia and Western Siberia, the Near East, the western China and almost an eclipse will not see all Africa.
the moon will concern in a terrestrial shade 5:29 on the Greenwich (world) time (8:29 Moscow time). The penumbral phase of an eclipse Further will begin. A full phase when the terrestrial shade entirely will close a lunar disk, the eclipse will reach at 7:40 on Greenwich time (10:40 Moscow time). The full phase will last 78 minutes - till 8:58 on Greenwich time (11:58 Moscow time). Completely the Moon leaves a terrestrial penumbra at 11:04 on the world time (14:04 Moscow time).
next year will be two total lunar eclipses - on June, 15th and on December, 10th.
the Previous lunar eclipse has begun on July, 11th at 18:15 on Greenwich time (22:15 Moscow time) and has come to the end at 20:51 (0:51 on July, 12th Moscow time). Duration of a full phase which could be observed only over ocean, has made 5 minutes 20 seconds that almost twice longer usual duration of similar eclipses. The lunar shade in width about 260 km has passed through Cook islands, Easter island, some islands of French Polynesia and has reached a southern part of Chile and Argentina. Easter island was an ideal platform for supervision.
every year there are at least two lunar eclipses, however in connection with discrepancy of planes of lunar and terrestrial orbits of their phase differ. During a winter solstice which usually is necessary for December, 21st, in northern hemisphere of the Earth - the shortest day of year and the longest night.