A total lunar eclipse will be visible across almost all regions of Russia on December 10.
In Moscow, the Moon will turn red at 4.30 p.m. – so if you have a home telescope, it is finally time to use it.
Viewers in the western United States will have their best views well before dawn – and the farther west, the better. The scene from the Pacific, Australia and parts of Asia will be prime.
Total lunar eclipses are only visible on the night of a full moon. They occur when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are perfectly aligned, with the Earth in the middle.
The celestial phenomenon can last for nearly two hours.
The previous total lunar eclipse was in June 2011, with the total phase lasting for 120 minutes.
The next one will appear in 2014. So until then, stargazers will have to settle for partial eclipses.
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