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The Winter Solstice

December 21, 2010 Total Lunar Eclipse—Almost halfway there!

What a momentous Winter Solstice we're having this year! Not only is it the longest night of the year, but there is a full moon. And, a total lunar eclipse! Did you see it? The experts say that the last time a total lunar eclipse coincided with a winter solstice was over 370 years ago.

It had been raining all day and evening in our area, but as the time approached for the eclipse to begin, the clouds parted open like stage curtains. The more the earth blocked the moon from the sun, the more brilliant the stars became. We were able to see part of the Orion constellation. At the peak of eclipse when the moon was like an orange ball, the husband said it looked like Orion was reaching up to grab it.

What an amazing Christmas gift we all were given today. Thank you, universe. Thank you, God!

For today's Christmas tune, I present to you "Ring Out, Solstice Bells," performed by Jethro Tull.  The animation was the 1976 promo video for the song. For the lyrics, check out this page .

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  1. Wow - what a great pic! Awesome!

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  2. The clouds stuck around here in Vancouver ... bugger!

    ... and I agree with steufel... great pic

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  3. It was last night?!? We were so beat, we slept early and missed it ;-(

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  4. steufel, thank you! I would've loved to have been able to catch the eclipse at its peak. Need a stronger camera. But that's okay I've clicked the spectacular sight into my brain. :-)

    widdershins, thank goodness for the Internet and people posting what they saw. :-)

    Serline, you may have missed seeing it live, but it's still a great feeling to say it happened in your lifetime, doncha think? :-)

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