Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Nain Residents Gets View of Rare Eclipse

A very rare event took place in the skies early this morning.

Residents of the northern hemisphere were able to view a lunar eclipse if weather conditions allowed.

But this wasn’t just any lunar eclipse.

For the first time in 372 years the eclipse fell on the winter solstice.

The winter solstice is the first day of winter and also the shortest day of the year.

Beni Merkeratsuk of Nain was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the rare occasion.

She says she viewed the eclipse shortly after 5a.m.

Merkeratsuk says the clouds sometimes blocked her view of the eclipse during the 15-20 minutes that she viewed it.

She says nearly half of the moon turned red during the phenomenon.

Merkeratsuk adds this was her first time witnessing a lunar eclipse.

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