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    After a wait of 372 years, sky gazers were in for a special celestial treat when the winter solstice coincided with total lunar eclipse on Tuesday.

    The last time the two astronomical events coincided was on December 21, 1638.

    The eclipse could not be seen in India as it occurred during day time, but astro-lovers could see the full moon turning into a delightful shade of coppery-red from Europe, west Africa, the Americas, the Pacific Ocean, eastern Australia, the Philippines and eastern and northern Asia.

    Tuesday was the shortest day of the year as people living on the northern side of the equator celebrated winter solstice.

    "It is a day when the Earth's axis tilts the farthest from the sun and is called winter solstice, a term derived from Latin words 'sol' (sun) and 'sistere' (to stand still)," Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators President C B Devgun said

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