Were you one of the lucky ones able to see the total lunar eclipse last night? We missed it out here in Salt Lake because it was too cloudy. I am disappointed about that because apparently having a lunar eclipse fall on the date of the winter solstice is extraordinary. Lunar eclipses are not rare, but the timing of this one is. While there have been three total lunar eclipse in northern hemisphere winters in the past ten years, there has been only ONE other total lunar eclipse that has happened on the same day as the winter solstice since YEAR ONE! And that was on December 21, 1638. The next one will take place in 2094.
Looks like I missed my chance in a lifetime, but I am still grateful to have been here on this earth to experience it, even if I could not see it. It is nice to know that many around the world have captured it with photographs and we can share in their experience by seeing their photos on the internet. Like the two below that I found here.
Happy Winter Solstice!
|The Washington Monument (my old home turf) - last night during the eclipse. Photo from site noted above.
|A double exposure photo with the moon and the monument of The Savior of the World, San Salvador, El Salvador. Pretty cool photo. Again, I found this on the site noted above.