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Rare total lunar eclipse happening in the morning

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – A total lunar eclipse is set to occur early Tuesday morning from approximately 1:30 a.m. - 5:00 a.m.

The Winter Solstice of 2010 also occurs on Dec. 21 at 11:38 p.m. This is just 15.3 hours after the mid-point of the total lunar eclipse (8:17 a.m.). There is no special significance to this coincidence since a lunar eclipse can occur on any calendar date of the year. However, it does mean that this eclipse will take place with the Moon at its maximum northern position in its orbit.

The last time a lunar eclipse occurred on Dec. 21 was in 1991 and the next one will be in the year 2094.

The Cincinnati Observatory in Mount Lookout will be open during the eclipse, but clouds may make the eclipse harder to see.

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