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Dec 21, 2010 — Total Lunar Eclipse

The total lunar eclipse on December 21, 2010, is the last eclipse of the year. This is second of two lunar eclipses in 2010. The last time a total lunar eclipse occurred before that was on February 21, 2008.

What this lunar eclipse looks like

The animation shows approximately what the eclipse looks like from the night side of earth.


Where to see the eclipse

Regions seeing at least some parts of the eclipse: Europe, Much of Asia, Much of Australia, North/West Africa, Much of North America, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.

Is this eclipse visible in Seattle?

Example cities where at least part of the total eclipse is visible
Example cities where partial eclipse is visible

The animation shows where this total lunar eclipse is visible during the night (dark “wave” slowly moving across the Earth's surface).

Shades of darkness

Night, moon high up in sky.

Moon between 12 and 18 degrees above horizon.

Moon between 6 and 12 degrees above horizon. Make sure you have free line of sight.

Moon between 0 and 6 degrees above horizon. May be hard to see due to brightness and line of sight.

Day, moon and eclipse both not visible.

Note: Twilight will affect the visibility of the eclipse, as well as weather.

100% visible (start to end).

More than 75% of the event is visible.

Less than 75% of the event is visible.

Less than 50% of the event is visible.

Eclipse is not visible at all

Note: Percentage values (%) are of the overall eclipse event. Lighter shadings left (West) of center will experience the eclipse after moonrise/sunset. Shadings right (East) will experience until moonset/sunrise. Actual eclipse visibility depends on weather conditions and line of sight to the Moon.


When the eclipse happens worldwide

Lunar eclipses look approximately the same all over the world and happen at the same time.

The times displayed might be a minute or two off actual times.

EventUTC TimeTime in Seattle*Visible in Seattle
Penumbral Eclipse beginsDec 21 at 5:30 AMDec 20 at 9:30 PMYes
Partial Eclipse beginsDec 21 at 6:33 AMDec 20 at 10:33 PMYes
Full Eclipse beginsDec 21 at 7:42 AMDec 20 at 11:42 PMYes
Maximum EclipseDec 21 at 8:16 AMDec 21 at 12:16 AMYes
Full Eclipse endsDec 21 at 8:51 AMDec 21 at 12:51 AMYes
Partial Eclipse endsDec 21 at 10:00 AMDec 21 at 2:00 AMYes
Penumbral Eclipse endsDec 21 at 11:03 AMDec 21 at 3:03 AMYes

* The Moon is above the horizon during this eclipse, so with good weather conditions in Seattle, the entire eclipse is visible.

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