This is not really a New Mexico item, but I put details in here
for those who live here and I think it's cool because I'm a nerd.
The last time that this happened was Dec 21, 1638 and
the next time that it will happen will be on Dec 21, 2094.
The moon will start to enter the partial part of the shadow of the earth
( the penumbra ) at 15 minutes past midnight in the Mountain time zone and
will stay there till 2:20 am. This will appear as a "smudge" on the full moon.
The beginning of the time when the moon enters the "dark" part of the shadow
( the umbra ) will be at 33 minutes past midnight and will last till 2:02 am.
The time of totality is from 41 minutes past to 1:53, but the
very very deepest shade of copper will happen at 1:17 am.
The copper color comes from the same phenomenon that you see
near sunset/sunrise when the sun's light passes through the most
atmosphere - filtering out the shorter ( blue ) wavelengths.
The Winter solstice happens at 5:29 am that same morning,
so the actual eclipse isn't coincident.
The full moon on the solstice occurs at the highest possible
point that the full moon can occur. In Albuquerque, at a
North Latitude of 35 degrees, the moon will attain an elevation
of 78.5 degrees so that it is very nearly directly overhead.
It will be higher overhead in places to the South of Albuquerque such as Phoenix
and directly overhead ( roughly ) in Monterrey, Mexico or the Bahamas.
Note that if you want to forward this information to someone living, say
on the East coast, they would simply adjust for the time difference so that
the optimum time of the eclipse would be 3:17 am instead of 1:17 am.
Someone in England will see the eclipse begin about the time that
it sets and the sun rises. Someone in Japan or the East coast of
China would see the moon rise in eclipse while the sun was setting.
Note that will happen on the evening of Dec 22 in Asia.
Lots of detail here:
Total Lunar Eclipse: December 21, 2010
Note that there is a thread on this in the Alaska
and the Las Vegas
My post is much better, however, so no need to look at those pretenders.
-- geek out --