Tuesday, December 21, 2010

An historic solstice

Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. Coincidentally, the longest night of the year, and the darkest. Which made it happily coincidental that a full lunar eclipse was visible over most of North and South America.

We in Rhode Island were under cloud cover at 2:15 am when the eclipse started, but there was a lucky chap in Florida that got the whole thing on tape. Below, the time-lapse version.

further reading:
Eclipse!: The What, Where, When, Why, and How Guide to Watching Solar and Lunar Eclipses
Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse from William Castleman on Vimeo.

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