POSTED: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 5:10pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 5:27pm
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) -- Baton Rouge is getting a christmas gift tonight, Monday, Dec. 20, that's been over four hundred years in the making.
Tonight is the start of the winter. And along with it, there will be a lunar eclipse.
This is when the moon passes into the earth's shadow, and the atmosphere on the earth takes the refracted light and bends it so that the moon will be an orange-red color.
The eclipse is supposed to take place around 12:30 a.m. tonight. LASM Planetarium director John Elvert says this full eclipse won't happen for another four hundred years.
For those wanting a chance to view the eclipse from an Observatory, Highland Road will open at 11:30 p.m. to accomodate those who want to see a full lunar eclipse.