Did you see the last Lunar eclipse before December 2010?

Lunar eclipse Wednesday, February 20th 10 pm.  Washington D.C.

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As I was meeting my friend Ford to work on our project, Ford’s brother called to remind us about the eclipse. I am glad he did. Despite of the freezing weather and the wintering mix here in D.C., we were able to see a clear view of the eclipse. As we were standing in the cold admiring the moon, my boyfriend came home from the gym. Which was nice because it’s always good to share special moments with close friends and love ones.  So I called my mom.

I wish I had a good camera to capture what we sawed. The eclipse was beautifully pinkish. Almost like a flush of sun kiss color, appropriately so since the the sun illuminate the moon. So this is the best picture I took with my little digital camera. Just imagine this picture x 1000 times more magnificent.

Were you among the lucky ones who got a chance to see the last lunar eclipse before December 2010? I know that there is a scientific explanation that it will be another 3 years before the next one. But does anyone know the 101 version?

What is a Lunar Eclipse? 

During an eclipse, the sun, Earth and moon line up, leaving a darkened moon visible to observers on the night side of the planet.

When does Lunar Eclipse occur?

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the full moon passes into Earth’s shadow and is blocked from the sun’s rays that normally illuminate it.

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