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In pictures: The Winter Solstice (Slideshow)

Pink moons suspended over snowy landscapes – what’s not to like?

THIS MORNING THE dawn of the winter solstice coincided with a total lunar eclipse – a rare celestial occurrence that last happened 450 years ago.

To celebrate, we’ve compiled a slideshow of the best photographs celebrating the winter solstice from’s readers, and a few from professional photographers.

Snowy landscapes and pink moons – what’s not to like?

In pictures: The Winter Solstice (Slideshow)
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    Three snow hikers watch the almost full moon rise behind the Weissfluhjoch in Arosa, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. There will be a total lunar eclipse visible from Britain on Tuesday morning, when the Earth casts a shadow onto the Moon. On the day of the winter solstice, December 21, the full Moon will start to pass through the cone of Earth's shadow at 6.32 GMT. (AP Photo/Keystone, Alessandro Della Bella) Drei Schneeschuhwanderer schauen den Mondaufgang am Montag, 20. Dezember 2010 in Arosa. (KEYSTONE/Alessandro Della Bella)
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    This morning's eclipse, photograph by Elaine Larkin
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    The sun's shadow passes across the moon. Photographed by Elaine Larkin.
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    The moon turns a pretty shade of pink during the eclipse. Photographed by Elaine Larkin
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    A series of photos taken over an hour long period show the full moon as it is shadowed by the Earth as a total lunar eclipse marks the arrival of the winter solstice Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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    Moon almost totally eclipsed over Sliabh Beagh, Monaghan. Photograph by Darren McCarra/The Sociable
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    In a photo provided by NASA the Washington Monument is seen as the full moon is shadowed by the Earth during a total lunar eclipse on the arrival of the winter solstice, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Washington. From beginning to end, the eclipse lasted about three hours and twenty-eight minutes. (AP Photo/NASA/Bill Ingalls)
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    The evening before the morning after. Photo by Bernie Quinn.
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    People battle the elements on the long avenue up to IMMA, winter solstice morning. Photo by Mark O Cúlar.
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    A snow covered Dublin, winter solstice morning. Photo by Mark Little
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    Donegal dawn by Matt Britton.

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