Winter solstice marked by eclipse


Today's lunar eclipse as seen from the Scottish Borders

Millions of people have gazed skywards to witness the first total lunar eclipse for nearly three years.

The Moon started to move into the Earth’s shadow at 6.32am, on the day of the winter solstice.

The total eclipse began at 7.40am, with the moon close to the western horizon and in a rapidly brightening sky, and lasted for around 73 minutes.

From southern parts of the UK, the initial partial phase and the beginning of totality were visible, but the Moon dropped down into the western sky as dawn approached.

In Scotland and Northern Ireland, totality was entirely visible, but the Moon was low down in the sky.

During totality, the Moon moved through the northern part of the Earth’s dark umbral shadow, so the southern half appeared considerably darker than the northern part.

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