Julia captures lunar eclipse

A total lunar eclipse on winter solstice day - a rare event which hasn't happened for 372 years

A total lunar eclipse on winter solstice day - a rare event which hasn't happened for 372 years

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IT WAS the first time since 1638 that the lunar eclipse coincided with the winter solstice – and one Bury Free Press reader caught it on camera.

Julia Brookes captured this beautiful sight over Moreton Hall, in Bury St Edmunds, on Tuesday morning, winter solstice day, at 7.45am as the Moon moved into the Earth’s shadow and created a red glow.

Ms Brookes, 55, said: “I looked out of the window and saw the start of the eclipse, so I shot out with a coat over my PJs, grabbed my camera and off I went.”

The budding photographer is a learning support assistant at Hardwick Middle School by day. But she managed to capture this rare shot, the first time in 372 years that the lunar eclipse took place on the shortest day of the year.