Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | December 21, 2010

Lunar Eclipse ~ Winter Solstice

10:15 p.m. Monday, December 20, 2010…

In just a few hours from now ~ and for the first time in more than 300 years ~ there will be a lunar eclipse on the Winter Solstice.

The event will no doubt be over when most of you read this, but I offer a link to a most interesting article, worth reading even after the fact, that goes into some detail on the process, meaning and implications of this celestial event.

Hope it provides an interesting insight into this very unique day on earth!

(Photo courtesy of http://allgraphicsonline.com)

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Amazing!

7:40 a.m.  Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A bit sleep deprived this solstice morning, but several cups of coffee should get us up and running.

Believe me, the lunar show was well worth losing sleep over!

After snoozing for several hours, we roused ourselves around 2:30 a.m., and stepped outside into the cold, clear Florida night.

The black sky was dotted with brilliant stars, and the lunar show was already in full swing.

We watched in awe, and tried to wrap our heads around the mechanics of what was happening, and – being that we are in Florida – wondered what the Spanish conquistadors thought when they saw the same heavenly spectacle some 300 years ago in St. Augustine.

“Our moon” turned blood red like the photo above, and I have to admit it was a bit unnerving…you know, how you feel when things just aren’t as they “always” are.

Gator Bait did not like the lunar eclipse. Although she went outside with us, she immediately retreated back inside, and stayed in the camper meowing steadily for us to come in. When we finally did, and headed back to bed, she laid across both of us and “guarded” us through the rest of the night. Wonder what she “knew” or “felt” that we were unable to pick up on?

As we finish our coffee and prepare to move into this, the shortest day of the year, we wish everyone the best, and remind you that since ancient times, people have gathered in the darkness on the Winter Solstice.

For half the year, day by day, slowly the world has grown darker. For half the year, night by night, slowly the dark has grown longer. Yet, the darkness was never complete. A tiny spark has always been waiting to rekindle the light. The sun will return. The cold of winter will go away. Once more will we dance in the warmth of the sun as the light returns.

Happy Solstice!

(Photo courtesy of NASA)

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