Lunar Eclipse On Winter Solstice - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Lunar Eclipse On Winter Solstice

Published December 20, 2010

Tomorrow’s winter solstice will also be marked by a lunar eclipse, which should be visible in Iceland provided the skies remain clear. A local newspaper is offering a reward as part of a photo competition for the best picture taken of the eclipse.
The winter solstice, the darkest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, in Iceland marks the point at which the days will start becoming lighter. Six more minutes of sunlight are given to each day, in fact, working out to an extra hour of daylight every ten days, and an extra three hours every month.
This year, the full moon will eclipse tomorrow from 7:40 to 8:54. The skies should be clear, and there definitely won’t be any sunlight by then, so chances are you might be able to get a good look at the eclipse, which will appear in the southern portion of the sky.
If you’re feeling particularly shutterbuggy, Vísir is holding a photo contest for the best picture of the eclipse. Send your photos to ljósmyndakeppni@frettabladid.is by 15:00 tomorrow, and you could win a Sony NEX-3 digital camera.
Most of all, enjoy the sight of the eclipse if you can, and remember – the days only get brighter from this point out.
(Photo: nasa.gov)

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