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Lunar Eclipse Meets Winter Solstice, Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Nearly a year ago (December 21, 2010) a lunar eclipse coincided with the winter solstice—only the second time this has happened in 2,000 years. Northern Canada was one of the best places on earth to see the coppery red glow cast by the full moon as it moved through the centre of the earth’s shadow.

This image, taken in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, captured that phenomenon spectacularly. The green of the northern lights and the hint of fiery sunlight on the horizon line are simply astounding.

Note: Those in the Pacific Northwest can see the last lunar eclipse of 2011 late tonight—or, rather, in the wee hours tomorrow morning, December 10 at around 3 am.

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Photo by Francis Anderson.

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