Dear Hoots And Hellmouth:
I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with current events, pal, but this year’s winter solstice coincides with a friggin’ TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE. Which, you know, IS TONIGHT (specifically, 2:41 a.m.), when THE MOON WILL BE SHROUDED IN THE SHADOW OF THE DAMN EARTH. More from the AP:
Weather permitting, sky gazers in North and Central America and a tiny sliver of South America will boast the best seats to this year’s only total eclipse of the moon.
The eclipse will happen Monday night on the West Coast and during the wee hours Tuesday on the East Coast. Western Europe will only see the start of the spectacle while western Asia will catch the tail end.
The moon is normally illuminated by the sun. During a total lunar eclipse, the full moon passes through the shadow created by the Earth blocking the sun’s light. Some indirect sunlight will still manage to pierce through and give the moon a ghostly color.
Since the eclipse coincides with winter solstice, the moon will appear high in the sky – a boon for skywatchers. With recent volcanic eruptions around the globe dumping tons of dust into the atmosphere, scientists predict the moon may appear darker than usual during the eclipse, glowing an eerie red or brown instead of the usual orange-yellow tinge.
The Huffington Post also mentions, “NASA reports that this is the first time an eclipse has coincided with a solstice since December 21, 1638, and the next one won’t come around again until 2094. The extravaganza in the sky doesn’t end there, however, as the Ursids meteor shower will also be taking place.” Did you hear that? METEORS.
It’s not that we don’t appreciate you sending “A Song For Solstice” our way for our 12 Days Of Christmas thing. It’s a great little ditty. But, given the rarity of this combination of events, don’t you think a little something extra was in order? “A Song For Solstice: TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE (End Times) Remix,” maybe? I bet the folks in The Asteroid No. 4 would have been down for it.