Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lunar Eclipse

Did anyone else just go outside to take a look at the eclipse? Why is this eclipse different from the others?
This eclipse is notable because it takes place just hours before the December solstice, which marks the beginning of northern winter and southern summer. The last Dec. 21 total lunar eclipse occurred in the year 1638. (Number-crunchers quibbled for a while over whether that one counted as a solstice eclipse, due to shifts between the Julian and Gregorian calendar, but the current consensus is that it does indeed count. The next winter solstice eclipse is due in 2094.)
If the weather or some other circumstances (like sleep) didn't cooperate with you, here is what you missed.

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse from William Castleman on Vimeo.

This from Keith Olbermann,
All of us looking at Eclipse are nerds. All of us looking at Twitter are nerds. All of us tweeting about Eclipse are Mega-nerds. Good night!
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