Scenes From Last Night's Eclipse

Mark your calendars for the next one ... in 2094

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 21, 2010 6:43 AM CST | Updated Dec 21, 2010 7:57 AM CST

(Newser) – Those of you who hit the hay early last night missed a show not to be seen on the winter solstice for another 84 years: The moon, hanging high in the sky, turned reddish and went dark for 72 minutes as the Earth eclipsed it, reports the AP. Click through the gallery for pictures from various vantage points on planet Earth, or check out a time-lapse video of the eclipse.

The Washington Monument is seen as the full moon is shadowed by the Earth during a total lunar eclipse on the arrival of the winter solstice, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Washington.
The Washington Monument is seen as the full moon is shadowed by the Earth during a total lunar eclipse on the arrival of the winter solstice, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Washington.   (AP Photo/NASA/Bill Ingalls)
A partially eclipsed moon is seen over the Manhattan Bridge in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
A partially eclipsed moon is seen over the Manhattan Bridge in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The moon on its way to being totally eclipsed is seen with the Chrysler Building in the foreground in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
The moon on its way to being totally eclipsed is seen with the Chrysler Building in the foreground in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The moon, on its way to being totally eclipsed, is seen with the Chrysler Building in the foreground in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
The moon, on its way to being totally eclipsed, is seen with the Chrysler Building in the foreground in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The moon is seen just before it is totally eclipsed from New York, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
The moon is seen just before it is totally eclipsed from New York, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse from New York, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse from New York, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse from New York, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. Some indirect sunlight still pierces through to give the moon its red hue.
The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse from New York, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. Some indirect sunlight still pierces through to give the moon its red hue.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The moon continues to emerge from a total Lunar Eclipse near Archer, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 at 4:15am EST.
The moon continues to emerge from a total Lunar Eclipse near Archer, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 at 4:15am EST.   (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
The moon begins to emerge from a total Lunar Eclipse at 4:04am EST near Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010,
The moon begins to emerge from a total Lunar Eclipse at 4:04am EST near Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010,   (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
The moon is seen through supports for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge between the Brooklyn and Staten Island boroughs of New York, during the lunar eclipse early Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
The moon is seen through supports for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge between the Brooklyn and Staten Island boroughs of New York, during the lunar eclipse early Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/David Boe)
A series of photos taken over an hour show the full moon as it is shadowed by the Earth as a total lunar eclipse marks the arrival of winter solstice, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Overland Park, Kan.
A series of photos taken over an hour show the full moon as it is shadowed by the Earth as a total lunar eclipse marks the arrival of winter solstice, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Overland Park, Kan.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
A photo provided by NASA  shows the total lunar eclipse as the full moon is shadowed by the Earth on the winter solstice, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 in Arlington, Va.
A photo provided by NASA shows the total lunar eclipse as the full moon is shadowed by the Earth on the winter solstice, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 in Arlington, Va.   (AP Photo/NASA/Bill Ingalls)
The moon begins to turn a reddish color at 2:52am EDT during a total lunar eclipse, seen from Valrico, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
The moon begins to turn a reddish color at 2:52am EDT during a total lunar eclipse, seen from Valrico, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
A total lunar eclipse beginning as the full moon is shadowed by the Earth on the arrival of the winter solstice, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Arlington, Va.
A total lunar eclipse beginning as the full moon is shadowed by the Earth on the arrival of the winter solstice, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Arlington, Va.   (AP Photo/NASA/Bill Ingalls)
The Earth's shadow casts over the surface of the Moon as a Lunar Eclipse proceeds in the sky over a cloudy San Antonio at 1:09am CST, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
The Earth's shadow casts over the surface of the Moon as a Lunar Eclipse proceeds in the sky over a cloudy San Antonio at 1:09am CST, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
The Earth's shadow covers part of the Moon as a Lunar Eclipse proceeds in the sky over a cloudy San Antonio at 1:14am CST, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
The Earth's shadow covers part of the Moon as a Lunar Eclipse proceeds in the sky over a cloudy San Antonio at 1:14am CST, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
The earth's shadow progresses across the moon during a lunar eclipse seen from Dallas on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
The earth's shadow progresses across the moon during a lunar eclipse seen from Dallas on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)
The Earth's shadow covers part of the Moon as a Lunar Eclipse proceeds in the sky over Tyler, Texas at 12:57am CST on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
The Earth's shadow covers part of the Moon as a Lunar Eclipse proceeds in the sky over Tyler, Texas at 12:57am CST on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman)
Three snow hikers watch the moon rise behind the Weissfluhjoch in Arosa, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.
Three snow hikers watch the moon rise behind the Weissfluhjoch in Arosa, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.   (KEYSTONE/Alessandro Della Bella)
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