Winter Solstice and the Lunar Eclipse

December 20th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice. And it’s even more special this year than usual. Not only will it be the shortest day and longest night of 2010, but it falls on the same day as a full lunar eclipse. This hasn’t happened in 456 years!

The sun, earth and moon will begin to align at 1:33 a.m. EST causing the earth’s shadow to appear as a dark red bite at the edge of the moon. The ‘total’ eclipse will start at 2:41 a.m. and last 72 minutes.

According to NASA, the peak of the event will be at 3:17 a.m. “when the moon will be in deepest shadow, displaying the most fantastic shades of coppery red.”

Astrologically it’s kind of a big deal too. Eclipses speed things up. And often uncover what’s hidden. They highlight situations in our lives that require attention.

What comes up during an eclipse isn’t always easy to face, but it’s always worthwhile to consider. Let’s make the most of this one.

Happy Solstice Everyone!

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Here’s a time-lapse video of the total lunar eclipse that happened on August 28, 2007.

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