By CBS News
Published: December 21, 2010
A total eclipse of the moon was visible to many parts of the country Tuesday morning. It started about 1:30 a.m. Eastern Time with the Earth passing between the sun and the moon. by 3:15 rays from the sun were blocked. The eclipse ended shortly after 5 a.m. EST.
Viewing was not great in some parts of the country due to cloud cover and heavy fog.
It's interesting to note this eclipse is taking place on the same day of the winter solstice. This is the first time this has happened since 1638.