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Rare Lunar Eclipse Coming Overnight

By Terry Eliasen, WBZ-TV Executive Weather Producer
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BOSTON (CBS) – December 21st, 1638. 372 years ago we had our one and only eclipse on the same day as the winter solstice in the last 2,000 years.

Tonight will be number two!

It is a very rare event to get a full moon and a total lunar eclipse on the day of the winter solstice (the first day of winter).

The only problem is many of us will not be able to see it.

Read: WBZ-TV Weather Blog

Folks in southeastern Massachusetts and on Cape Cod will have virtually no chance. Snow will continue to fall off and on down there and clouds will hang tough.

If you’re in Boston you will also have a difficult time overnight because the skies should remain mostly cloudy.

The best chance to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event would be in the far northern and western suburbs.

There should be enough breaks in the cloud cover in parts of Worcester County and in New Hampshire to at least catch a glimpse of the moon getting hidden in the Earth’s shadow.

Just in case, here is what you need to know:

Partial eclipse begins at 1:33 a.m.

Total eclipse will last from 2:41 a.m. until 3:53 a.m.

Partial eclipse ends at 5:01 a.m.

And by the way, winter officially arrives at 6:38 p.m. Tuesday evening.

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