: An Uncommon Occurrance in the Night Sky!

An Uncommon Occurrance in the Night Sky!

It's December 21, the winter solstice.  And, if you got up early enough and the skies were clear, you witnessed a total eclipse of the moon.

Hanging high in the sky, the moon slowly turned from bright silver into a red disk early Tuesday.  Actually in New Jersey it was an orange-ish color, the say from pollution.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth casts its shadow on the full moon, blocking the sun's rays that otherwise reflect off the moon's surface. Some indirect sunlight still pierces through to give the moon its eerie hue.

The 3 and a half hour eclipse was visible from North and Central America where skies were clear. Portions of Europe and Asia only caught part of the show.

Since the year's only total lunar eclipse coincided with winter solstice, the moon glowed high in the sky.  The last time this occurred was more than three centuries ago on Dec. 21, 1638. It will happen again on Dec. 21, 2094, according to U.S. Naval Observatory spokesman Geoff Chester.

I can just imagine the views from the New England mountains!  Not great pictures, but reminders of what I'll see again in 2094!  LOL

Jersey Shore Views...Lunar Eclipse 2010

Shaky Eclipse

A little shaky...It was 22 degrees out there!
Still Shaky - 4:00am
The Jersey Shore Views of this Lunar Eclipse don't do it justice!
Eclipse Jersey Shore


Comment balloon 17 commentsLaura Giannotta • December 21 2010 06:21AM


Laura - thanks for sharing. I didn't check the time for the eclipse, and missed it.

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 8 years ago

Carol - I think I'm the only nut up that early!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 8 years ago

I missed it to Laura...............and I'm sure I missed a chance in a lifetime............2094 isn't looking too promising.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 8 years ago

Roger - We'll be around sipping martinis!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 8 years ago

Good morning Laura. Alas, I missed this once in a lifetime chance. Clouds moved in late yesterday afternoon and are still with us...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Woohoo Laura, thanks for the photos...we had clouds and I didn't see it , had it on my calendar though. 

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) over 8 years ago

My husband tried to wake me for this event, but with no luck.  He took pics, so hopefully, They turned out well enough for me to enjoy!  Thanks for sharing your photos...Glad someone was awake to enjoy it :0)

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) over 8 years ago

I knew someone would capture this...cloudy skies,...and bedtime.....coool shots....thanks !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing. I did get up to see it. Once in a lifetime opportunity.

 Happy Holidays!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

Michael - I was hoping you'd have good weather there...your photos could have done this event justice!

Rene - We'll catch it next time!  LOL

Any - Please share!

Sally & David - We'll have a party next time!

Roy - Do you have any photos?? 


Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 8 years ago

It's a bird!!!  No it's a plane!!!  No, it's a UFO!!!!  Nope, it freakin COLD outside, and it's the moon.  :)  I can soo feel your coldness!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) over 8 years ago

Laura -I knew this event would be occurring.  But because we have had a number of days of storms and overcast skies, I went to bed last night with no plans to get up to try to see the celestral phenomena.  About 1:00 am my phone rang.  It was a friend telling me to go out and photograph the eclipse.  I was only half awake, went out and saw the eclipsing moon.  There had been a clearing of the skies.  However, the half of me still asleep, didn't photograph it.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 8 years ago

I was up at 2:00 when I read on a facebok post that it was going to be going on.  I was way too tired, so I went to bed!

David in Boston

Posted by David Cahill (Century 21 Cahill Associates) over 8 years ago

Laura...I wanted to watch this and the meteor showers over the next night or two, but we had and still have CLOUDS!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 8 years ago

Chris - And wouldn't you know it's almost warm out there this AM!

Myrl - I'm searching AR for pictures from better photographers than I!

David - You can catch it again with all of us in 2094!

William - Boy I bet you would have had a great view if it were clear! 

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 8 years ago

Hi Laura:

I totally slept through it...

Thanks for the photos!

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 8 years ago

Toula - I wish I could have stopped shivering!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 8 years ago