Calculating the date and year when a lunar eclipse will fall on the Winter Solstice

I am a novelist working on a new book, titled Werewolves In The Christmas City, which happens to be Bethlehem, Pa. In 2010 when I was working on a book titled The Christmas City Vampire, a lunar eclipse on the Winter Solstice occurred. As you know it was the first one since 1638. On the 2010 occurrence, I added the resurrection of two werewolves-twins-turned during that eclipse of 1638. My question is: How would my professor character figure out that the event will occur in 2010. The time frame I am in right now is 1947. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Math is certainly not one of my strong suites.

• Possible duplicate of What is the formula to predict lunar and solar eclipses accurately? Commented Sep 22, 2016 at 19:31
• @JamesK This may be a different question. Larry is specifically asking how his character who lives in 1947 might perform these calculations. They obviously can't just call up NASA. I think the crux of this question is not so much how to do the physical calculations, but rather how someone from the 1940's might go about learning/finding the information to even do the calculations. Correct me if I'm interpreting your question incorrectly Larry. Commented Sep 22, 2016 at 20:06
• @zephyr This question and the question I linked ask how eclipses are predicted. The answers given describe the process. The second answer, for example describes using Bessellian elements. How would the Prof predict a 2010 eclipse? He would use the methods described in the linked page, hence a duplicate. The linked page doesn't suggest calling up nasa. It uses Nasa a convenient reference. The prof would know this method because he is a professor. The calculations don't require electronic computation. Commented Sep 22, 2016 at 20:19
• I assume you're aware of the ephemerides published prior to 1947, and none of them have what you want? If not, search books.google.com for "ephemeris eclipses" (no quotes), books in the 20th century ordered by date and jump to page 5 or 6. The journal "Popular Astronomy" and the "The American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac" may have this information even as early as 1947. USNO has been publishing yearly ephemerides since the 19th century.
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Commented Sep 23, 2016 at 21:52
• I do not know anything about this subject. What I would like is if one of you could pretend you are my learned professor in 1947 and explain to me how you determined that the lunar eclipse of 12/21'2010 would occur on the Winter's Solstice. Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 21:45