Winter welcomed in with a total lunar eclipse

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POSTED: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 8:41am

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 8:42am

BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) It's officially the first day of winter, and to welcome the season in was a total lunar eclipse.

Pretty clear skies in the Capital Area allowed people to see the moon and its reddish-orange hue. The lunar eclipse lasted for about three and a half hours early Tuesday morning.

This eclipse is historically significant because it's the first time since 1638 that one has taken place during the winter solstice.

Astronomers say you'll have to wait until December 21, 2094 to see another one like it.

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