We’re just minutes away from this highly-anticipated lunar eclipse which will coincide with 2010’s winter solstice for the first time in some 400 years. You can follow all the action below with live video and our live blog.
NASA reports that the last time these astronomical events took place in sync was on Dec. 21, 1638, and it won’t happen again until at least 2094.
Depending on where you live, the lunar eclipse will be visible late night Dec. 20 or early morning Dec. 21. The full moon will be darkened by Earth’s shadow as our planet passes between it and the sun. December 21 is also the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, after which the days will begin to grow longer. Coupled with the lunar spectacle, it means we’re in for an especially dark eve.