RESULTS (click picture for larger image)
One must be out in the early morning hours on Tuesday morning to see this Total Lunar Eclipse. The full moon will is riding high in the sky during the winter months for northern hemisphere observers. This will be the highest altitude start of an eclipse in a long while.
Tuesday Morning December 21, 2010
2010 Dec 21 01:29a Alt=71° Lunar Eclipse, Enter Penumbra
2010 Dec 21 02:00a Alt=67° Lunar Eclipse, Penumbra First Visible
2010 Dec 21 02:31a Alt=63° Lunar Eclipse, First Contact
2010 Dec 21 03:39a Alt=52° Lunar Eclipse, Second Contact
2010 Dec 21 04:17a Alt=45° Lunar Eclipse, Mid-eclipse
2010 Dec 21 04:55a Alt=38° Lunar Eclipse, Third Contact
2010 Dec 21 06:02a Alt=26° Lunar Eclipse, Last Contact
2010 Dec 21 06:34a Alt=20° Lunar Eclipse, Penumbra Last Visible
2010 Dec 21 07:05a Alt=20° Lunar Eclipse, Exit Penumbra
It will start out high and gradually lower as the night wears on. The graph show the position of First Contact.
Start now to determine a prime observing spot from your home location to setup your scope to see the event. Make sure there are no trees or building to block the moon. I know I must move a distance to clear some tall pines that will be in the way. The graphic also shows faint asteroids as red objects, one near the moon. Dress for the weather, and take a few breaks inside to warm up inside your home. If trying photography, insure you have additonal batteries for your camera, and the portable power pack is fully charged to drive the equatorial mount.
Some web sites with more info and animations on this eclipse:
The next Total Lunar Eclipse that we can see is not until Oct 8, 2014. Which will be settiing during the total phase. The September 28, 2015 will be placed better for us.