Clouds and rain played "peek-a-boo" with the moon Monday night, but there was just enough clearing in spots for some lucky people to see a rare solstice lunar eclipse.
It was the first time since 1638 and only the second time in the A.D. years that the moon was eclipsed on the same date as the winter solstice. The moon was also at its highest point in the sky while eclipsed since Dec. 18, 419 AD.
Several photographers were able to capture the reddish glow on the moon, which is courtesy of the interaction between the sun and the edges of the Earth's atmosphere -- it's actually the glow of all of Earth's sunrises and sunsets going on at that moment.
The next time we'll have a lunar eclipse on the same date as the winter solstice is Dec. 21, 2094.
But for now, here are a few Tweets and photos taken from the rare solstice lunar eclipse on Dec. 21, 2010: