Lunar eclipse 2010: Moon goes dark red for rare total eclipse on winter solstice

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The Man in the Moon got red-faced as the Earth blocked the sun from its view on Tuesday in a rare lunar eclipse.

Most people on the east coast were asleep for the incredible celestial event, but the moon was turned blood red for more than an hour from around 2:40 a.m. to 3:50, according to NASA.

This was the first time a total lunar eclipse occurred on the winter solstice since 1638. As a result, the moon appeared “very high in the night sky, as the solstice marks the time when Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun,” NASA said.

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