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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lunar Eclipse, Winter Solstice Meet Tonight:: Is it the end of the World?

Get ready for a total lunar eclipse happening tonight at starting at about 1:32 a.m.

"For the first time since 1638 (372 years ago), the total lunar eclipse and the winter solstice will both happen on the exact same night. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is situated precisely between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow on the moon. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, marking the first day of winter.

Because the moon will be giant in the sky, you need only a clear view and a reasonable pair of eyes to witness the eclipse in all its glory. You will identify it as the dark orange ball hanging over in the southwestern portion of the sky. There should only be one."

It's one in a lifetime event; so don't miss it. You should be seeing from 1.32 am until 2.44 am.


Facts about the Lunar Eclipse:
  1. The eclipse will last for 72 minutes.
  2. It will be the darkest day of the year, and in the early morning the moon may turn blood-red.
  3. It’s not the end of the world; but it is an extremely rare astronomical event.
  4. For the first time in 372 years, the year’s winter solstice will fall on the same day as a lunar eclipse.
  5. Although people in the past saw it as a portent of something evil happening, with the moon turning red on them,  it’s a coincidence — nothing will crash and the earth won’t end.

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