Monday, December 20, 2010
Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse Without Borders & Candle Night in Japan
From the Astronomers Without Borders website, links to live webcasts of the Dec. 21 lunar eclipse around the world. This special eclipse is the first to fall on the Winter Solstice in 456 years.
Via this great astronomy blog from the Philippines, the sky above.
People throughout North America will be able to view the entire eclipse, while people in Europe will be able to glimpse the beginning and people in Japan will be catching the ending.
The winter solstice occurs exactly at the time the Earth’s axial tilt is furthest from the sun. Though the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, the term is also a turning point. Depending on the calendar, the winter solstice occurs on Dec. 21 or 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the shortest day, and longest night of the year.
Traditional cultures see the Winter Solstice as a time of endings, renewal and beginnings. A celebration of light and life.
In Japan,check out Candle Night, a slow-life, solstice celebration group.