Monday, December 20, 2010

Once In A Blue Moon...the Winter Solstice and a Total Lunar Eclipse On The Same Day!

Pop Art Mini - "Linked"

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 will go down in the history books as a day that a rare transition will take place with the arrival of the Winter Solstice and a Total Lunar Eclipse occurring on the same day!  This rarity has only been seen maybe one time in the past 2000 years! How crazy amazing it that! And although we will probably not be able to see this transition here in Southern California due to the torrential downpour of rain it will most definitely occur as the celestial calendar is nearly 100% on schedule and if not...well, let's not go there! 
The last time the two celestial events occurred within the same calendar day was in 1638!   Although it does not appear to have any cosmic significance you can't help but wonder what fantastical affect this rare occurance may have on the cosmic forces that be! And it will not happen again until 2094. 

Pop Art Mini - "Starring Mr. Moony"

The absolute midpoint of the eclipse will be at 3:17 est Tuesday morning according to scientific research.  The moon then continues moving through the Earth's shadow, emerging completely shortly after 5 a.m. The winter solstice, which occurs shortly afterward, is the time when the sun reaches its lowest point in the northern sky. That is the moment that many people consider to be the start of the winter season...although I do believe winter-like weather may have decided to start a little earlier this year...maybe in an attempt to get us in the Christmas spirit a bit earlier than usual.  hehehe!

Wishing you an eclipsical celestial solstice!


Luna eclipse photos courtesy of Nasa

A total lunar eclipse begins as the full moon is shadowed by the Earth on the arrival of the winter solstice, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Arlington, VA. From beginning to end, the eclipse will last about three hours and twenty-eight minutes. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Total Lunar Eclipse (201012210001HQ)


A total lunar eclipse is seen as the full moon is shadowed by the Earth on the arrival of the winter solstice, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Arlington, VA. From beginning to end, the eclipse will last about three hours and twenty-eight minutes. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
Total Lunar Eclipse (201012210003HQ)


The Washington Monument is seen as the full moon is shadowed by the Earth during a total lunar eclipse on the arrival of the winter solstice, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Washington. From beginning to end, the eclipse lasted about three hours and twenty-eight minutes. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
Total Lunar Eclipse (201012210004HQ)

4 comments:

Debbie Goode said...

Love the art! Wish I could have seen this, but we too are socked in with lots of cloud cover! Great post.

Pop Art Minis said...

HI Debbie...thanks so much...glad you found me here! I would have loved to have seen the real thing too...we've had rain for going on 5 days now...I say enough! THANKS for popping in!

Jackie L Watson said...

Love the artwork as usual and I really love the post about the Lunar Moon. Not many people even know why it is so special.

Pop Art Minis said...

Thanks so much Jackie! Thanks for popping in and leaving such a nice comment!Have a great holiday!