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Science News: Lunar Eclipse on Winter Solstice to Shadow Big Apple's Sky

from nbcnewyork.com

A rare, total eclipse of the moon on winter solstice will happen Monday night, reaching totality over New York’s sky in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

The full moon will fully disappear from the sky in the Earth’s shadow around 2:41 a.m.

The moon is normally illuminated by the sun. During a total lunar eclipse, the full moon passes through the shadow created by the Earth blocking the sun’s light. Some indirect sunlight will still manage to pierce through and give the moon a ghostly color.

Since the eclipse coincides with winter solstice, the moon will appear high in the sky