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Total Eclipse of the Moon December 10 2011

December 4, 2011

The last eclipse of 2011 will be a total lunar eclipse on December 10. Depending on where you live on Earth’s globe, the eclipse will happen either before dawn or that evening. Much of North America will be in a position to watch the eclipse of the moon before sunrise on Saturday, December 10. The far northwestern parts of North America (and also Hawaii) get to watch the entire eclipse from start to finish. The eastern and southern parts of North America will see only the beginning stages of the eclipse or no eclipse at all.

Since this is the closest full moon to the December 21 winter solstice, we in the Northern Hemisphere often call this particular full moon the Long Night Moon.  Not only will the Moon be beautifully red, it will also be inflated by the Moon illusion. For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects. In fact, a low Moon is no wider than any other Moon (cameras prove it) but the human brain insists otherwise. To observers in the western USA, therefore, the eclipse will appear super-sized.  Look for the turquoise near the beginning of the eclipse when the edge of Earth’s shadow is sweeping across the lunar terrain   The next total lunar eclipse easily visible for all of North America will occur on the night of April 14-15, 2014.

Local Times of Eclipse for U.S. Time Zones

Eastern Standard Time:
Partial eclipse begins: 7:46 a.m.
Total eclipse begins: 9:06 a.m.
Greatest eclipse: 9:32 a.m.
Total eclipse ends: 9:57 a.m.
Partial eclipse ends: 11:18 a.m.

Central Standard Time:
Partial eclipse begins: 6:46 a.m.
Total eclipse begins: 8:06 a.m.
Greatest eclipse: 8:32 a.m.
Total eclipse ends: 8:57 a.m.
Partial eclipse ends: 10:18 a.m.

Mountain Standard Time:
Partial eclipse begins: 5:46 a.m.
Total eclipse begins: 7:06 a.m.
Greatest eclipse: 7:32 a.m.
Total eclipse ends: 7:57 a.m.
Partial eclipse ends: 9:18 a.m.

Pacific Standard Time:
Partial eclipse begins: 4:46 a.m.
Total eclipse begins: 6:06 a.m.
Greatest eclipse: 6:32 a.m.
Total eclipse ends: 6:57 a.m.
Partial eclipse ends: 8:18 a.m.

Alaska Standard Time:
Partial eclipse begins: 3:46 a.m.
Total eclipse begins: 5:06 a.m.
Greatest eclipse: 5:32 a.m.
Total eclipse ends: 5:57 a.m.
Partial eclipse ends: 7:18 a.m.

Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time:
Partial eclipse begins: 2:46 a.m.
Total eclipse begins: 4:06 a.m.
Greatest eclipse: 4:32 a.m.
Total eclipse ends: 4:57 a.m.
Partial eclipse ends: 6:18 a.m.

Total Eclipse of the Moon December 10 2011. 

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