December 20–21, 2010 Total Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon)
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 Looked Like
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
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Regions seeing, at least, some parts of the eclipse: Europe, Asia, Much of Australia, North/West Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.
Eclipse Map and Animation
When the Eclipse Happened Worldwide — Timeline
Lunar eclipses can be visible from everywhere on the night side of the Earth, if the sky is clear. From some places, the entire eclipse will be visible, while in other areas the Moon will rise or set during the eclipse.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*||Visible in Washington DC|
|Penumbral Eclipse began||Dec 21 at 05:29:20||Dec 21 at 12:29:20 am||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse began||Dec 21 at 06:32:39||Dec 21 at 1:32:39 am||Yes|
|Full Eclipse began||Dec 21 at 07:40:50||Dec 21 at 2:40:50 am||Yes|
|Maximum Eclipse||Dec 21 at 08:16:56||Dec 21 at 3:16:56 am||Yes|
|Full Eclipse ended||Dec 21 at 08:53:08||Dec 21 at 3:53:08 am||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse ended||Dec 21 at 10:01:20||Dec 21 at 5:01:20 am||Yes|
|Penumbral Eclipse ended||Dec 21 at 11:04:31||Dec 21 at 6:04:31 am||Yes|
* The Moon was above the horizon during this eclipse, so with good weather conditions in Washington DC, the entire eclipse was visible.
The magnitude of the eclipse is 1.256.
The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 2.281.
The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 35 minutes.
The total duration of the partial phases is 2 hours, 16 minutes.
The duration of the full eclipse is 1 hour, 12 minutes.
An Eclipse Never Comes Alone!
A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.
Usually, there are two eclipses in a row, but other times, there are three during the same eclipse season.
This is the first eclipse this season.
Second eclipse this season: January 4, 2011 — Partial Solar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 2010
- Jan 15, 2010 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Jun 26, 2010 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Jul 11, 2010 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Dec 20–21, 2010 — Total Lunar Eclipse (this page)
Eclipses in 2019
- Jan 5 / Jan 6, 2019 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jan 20–21, 2019 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Jul 2, 2019 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Jul 16–17, 2019 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 11–12, 2019 — Mercury Transit
- Dec 26, 2019 – Annular Solar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2020
- Jan 10–11, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 5–6, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 21, 2020 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Jul 4–5, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 29–30, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Dec 14, 2020 – Total Solar Eclipse