Monday, December 20, 2010
Boy, Look At That Moon...!
Get ready for a very special event tomorrow!
We have another light show provided for us by Mother Nature, free of charge! This is one heck of a way to end the year, I'm thinking! This is not exactly a light show, but rather a "lack of light show" as it is a Lunar eclipse! Very rare because it comes at the time of a full moon!
Here is the story right out of the pages of the Almanac!
This year wraps up with a rare event! A total lunar eclipse—of the full Moon—on the winter solstice! A triple whammy!
Delightfully, this eclipse will be fully visible from North America. The partial eclipse begins in the wee hours of December 21 at 1:32 A.M. (ET) with totality starting at 2:40 A.M. (For those on the West cost, the show begins on the 20th!)
With the total eclipse, we will enjoy a celestial canvas of superb beauty. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon. In this alignment, the shadow of the Earth falls upon the Moon, dimming the Moon and giving it unusual coloring, ranging from muted gray to coppery orange.
While every eclipse is special, this one is attended by many stars and constellations that are beautiful in their own right.
You have to be careful when watching these things. If you aren't careful, you can get carried away and get a crick in your neck from looking up so long!
What say we get some fresh coffee and sit in the kitchen? Don't forget about tonight, OK?