For the first time since December 21, 1638, the total lunar eclipse that begins today will coincide with the winter solstice. To be more specific, “the full moon will start to pass through Earth’s shadow at 6.32am on the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice on December 21. Continue reading for one more picture showing the various stages of the lunar eclipse.

Stronger atmospheric scattering of blue light means that the light that reaches the lunar surface tends to have a reddish hue, so observers on Earth will see a moon that is much darker than usual, withe the sky burning a deep red colour.

[via Dailymail]