Keith Burns' photo of the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse

Anthony Dechiaro's photo of the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse

Tracy Moniz's photo of the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse

Michael Menefee's photo of the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse

Byron Yu's photo of the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse

Damian Handzy's photo of the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse

Jeremy Taylor's photo of the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse

Brian Wancho's photo of the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse

Oscar Strawczynski's photo of the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse

Peter Riesett's photo of the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse

Philip Yabut's photo of the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse

Bradford Smith's photo of the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse

December's total lunar eclipse, which coincided with the winter solstice, offered moon-gazers and photo-lovers the chance to capture one of the sky's most spectacular events. As a result, hundreds of people joined "NASAJPL's I'm There: Lunar Eclipse Group" on Flickr to share their photos and compete for the opportunity to have their snapshots turned into an official JPL Wallpaper at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/wallpaper.

After searching through the nearly 2,000 lunar eclipse photos at http://www.flickr.com/groups/imthere, we selected the 13 finalists above, who submitted unique and stunning perspectives of the Dec. 20-21 event and shared with us their stories of braving the cold, waiting out clouds, and even driving hours to capture the eclipse.

We were especially impressed by Keith Burns' photo montage, which captures the phases of the waning moon up through its red-orange glow at totality. Burns shot this series under clear skies in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. His photo is now available for download as an official JPL wallpaper at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/wallpaper.

Flip through the slideshow above to view some of our other picks and vote for your favorite lunar eclipse scene. To find more lunar eclipse photos and learn about NASAJPL's "I'm There: Lunar Eclipse" campaign, visit: http://www.flickr.com/groups/imthere/.

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Priscilla Vega (818) 354-1357
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
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