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Clear skies offer South Florida bird's eye view of lunar eclipse

A total lunar eclipse is visible in Miami Dade County Tuesday morning.
A total lunar eclipse is visible in Miami Dade County Tuesday morning. EL NUEVO HERALD

FORT LAUDERDALE — The last eclipse of 2010 was in full view early Tuesday for dedicated South Florida moon watchers. The cloudless sky offered an unobstructed view of the event throughout the region.

On the first day of winter the moon appeared to slip into the shadows shortly after 1:30 a.m. as the sun, Earth and moon began to align in a straight row.

As the moon passed behind the Earth, the sun's rays were blocked, coloring the moon with an orange and reddish hue.

By about 2:45 a.m. the moon appeared completely covered before it gradually reemerged from the darkness.

If you were sleeping and missed it, dont worry: Total lunar eclipses happen about twice a year. But the next one to coincide with the start of winter won't occur until 2094.

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