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December 19, 2010

A celestial trifecta on Tuesday

FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:

Lunar eclipse October 2004On Tuesday, Dec. 21, we will hit the celestial trifecta with three red-letter events on the same date. It begins with the first total lunar eclipse since 2008, and the last visible here (weather permitting) until 2014. The period of totality begins at 2:40 a.m. EST and ends at 3:54 a.m.

In mid-eclipse, at 3:14 a.m., the moon will be full – a moon known to some as the Long Night Moon. And about 15 hours later, at 6:42 p.m., we’ll mark the winter solstice, and the official start of winter.

(SUN PHOTO: Karl Merton Ferron, Lunar eclipse, October 2004)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 1:01 AM | | Comments (2)
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If it's supposed to be clear, may set the alarm and check this out--last chance for 4 years! Thanks for all this info.

FR: Forecast is getting iffier. Increasing clouds overnight and snow possible Tuesday.

An internet article today looked at the next time a full moon will occur on winter solstice- 2094, though the two previous ones were as recently as 1999 and 1980.The last time we hit the "trifecta" on the Greenwich meridian was...1638!
When we add in this full moon being the fourth of the season, it's even more of a long shot I'd think. Sadly, cloudy nights are not so rare.

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