Yes, there’s going to be an eclipse.
A total lunar eclipse of a full moon on the Winter Solstice.
This last occurred December 21, 1638 and will not happen again until 2094 and you will not be able to see that one in the Western Hemisphere.
The celestial party starts around 2:41 am EST Tuesday, December 21st, so you will have a bit of time to sober up after the Bears-Vikings game tonight.
This (the first total lunar eclipse in two years) will be the only lunar eclipse this year and will be better for viewing in North America than the only lunar eclipse in 2011 will be.
NASA is covering the event in style with a couple live web chats and a live stream of the eclipse (from a camera mounted at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama) if you don’t feel like going outside (or if, like me, your host city is covered by an oppressive dome of clouds and threatening to snow).
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is hosting two live chats:
- Monday, Dec. 20 from 3-4 p.m. EST, Dr. Rob Suggs
- Tuesday, Dec 21 Midnight-5 a.m. EST (Monday night, all night), astronomer Mitzi Adams
As a side note, I must confess to having recently watched Eclipse, the third in the line of Twilight movies. I was going to do a whole post about it, but I haven’t been able to find the right amount or type of motivation that would allow it to happen.
I can sum it up pretty quickly. All of the movies have the same generally tone and atmosphere. It works with the scenery……but it is rather monotonous and is only broken by the parts of the story that are rather boorish and vomit-inducing. I found myself repeatedly thinking “the movie wouldn’t be that bad if they got rid of this Edward character.”
So, one half of the main cog of this story is horrid in every way. He still looks like a sparkly-paste-sniffing melvin. His acting for this film is the equivalent of watching the video outtakes from a Ralph Lauren: Vampyre Collection model shoot (RL:VC, buy yours NOW to have it delivered before Christmas Day!) His character has never matured emotionally beyond the age of his vampire conversion despite his 92 subsequent years of moody thoughtfulness.
Thank goodness there will be a couple more films. They are bound to get it right, won’t they? Edward will finally be killed by a giant puppy dog and Kristen Stewart will dig out of her pile of flannel and Chuck Taylors in favor of something more glitzy for her move to Florida where she finds a less controlling boyfriend …. someone like Chris Brown.