Sunday, December 19, 2010

How Will You Celebrate the Winter Solstice & Lunar Eclipse?

Phases of 1993 Total Lunar Eclipse. From

For the first time in 456 years, there will be a full lunar eclipse on the day of the Winter Solstice, which happens to be Tuesday, December 21st. While you may be thinking it's no big deal, a lot of people, including me, think it is.

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year with only 9 hours, 7 minutes, and 56 seconds of daylight in Chicago. It also marks the beginning of days getting longer, which is always a good thing, in my book. And this year, the moon will play a huge role in it.

You'll have to stay up late Monday night to see it, but given that this phenomena hasn't happened since AD 1554, it's less than a once in a lifetime occurrence and you don't want to miss it.

If you're in Chicago, I encourage you to attend the Adler Planetarium's free Total Lunar Eclipse Party starting at 11pm Monday. Although lunar eclipse's happen about once a year, Chicagoans haven't seen one since 2008 and won't see another one until 2014.

Me? I'll be watching. I wouldn't miss it for anything.

There's no word on whether Bonnie Tyler will provide a soundtrack for the event.

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