A rare occurance happened early Tuesday morning when a full lunar eclipse was clearly visible in North America and northern part of South America. Other parts of the world caught glimpses at the beginning and end of the eclipse. In Alaska, they saw both the lunar eclipse and the northern lights simultaneously. It was the first time that the winter solstice and a full lunar eclipse have fallen on the same day in 372 years.
A full lunar eclipse occurs when the moon moves into the shadow of the earth.
The eclipse began at 1:33 a.m. and at around 2:41 a.m. the earth had blocked the sun from the moon. The totality eclipse phase lasted 72 minutes, with its greatest eclipse happening around 3:17 a.m.. which is when it's said to also be under the deepest shadow.
The next time the winter solstice and a full lunar eclipse are predicted to coincide is the Dec. 21 2094.
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