Clear skies for rare lunar eclipse

A series of four photographs shows the moon going into eclipse early Tuesday morning.

A series of four photographs shows the moon going into eclipse early Tuesday morning.

A series of four photographs shows the moon going into eclipse early Tuesday morning.

A series of four photographs shows the moon going into eclipse early Tuesday morning.

The total lunar eclipse, when the earth passes between the moon and sun, turns the moon an orange brown hue as it moves in the earth’s shadow.

Central Alberta skywatchers got a superb view of the celestial event thanks to clearing skies.

It’s been 372 years since a lunar eclipse coincided with the winter solstice, the longest night of the year.

Two more lunar eclipses will occur in 2011 — June 15th and Dec. 10th — though neither will be very visible to North Americans.