December 20, 2010

Lunar Eclipse 2010:Winter Solstice To Coincide With Total Full Moon Eclipse On December 20, 21

Lunar Eclipse
Multiple astronomical events are lining up for a rare display of synchronization tonight as a total lunar eclipse overlaps with 2010's winter solstice.Depending on the location, late night December 20 or early morning December 21, the full moon will be darkened by Earth's shadow as our planet passes between it and the sun. December 21 is also the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, after which the days will begin to grow longer. Coupled with the lunar spectacle, it means we're in for an especially dark eve.

Lunar Eclipse



According to The AP, North and Central America should both be able to view the entire eclipse, which is estimated to take about 3.5 hours. Total eclipse will begin at 11:41 p.m. PST on Monday, or 2:41 a.m. EST on Tuesday -- so obviously West Coasters will have a better chance to catch the magnificent sight without dragging around heavy eyelids and needing an extra dose of espresso the following morning. If you want to set an alarm to catch a brief glimpse of the amber moon, NASA recommends 3:17 a.m. EST for the optimal impression.

Lunar Eclipse

According to AolNews.com, NASA reports that this is the first time an eclipse has coincided with a solstice since December 21, 1638, and the next one won't come around again until 2094. The extravaganza in the sky doesn't end there, however, as the Ursids meteor shower will also be taking place.CityStateTime.com reports that this particular annual show is rarely witnessed compared to its brighter counterparts, but stargazers will have an especially exceptional chance to view the display this year because of the eclipse's darkened sky.Check out photos below of past total and partial lunar eclipses to get an idea of what's in store tonight, and CLICK HERE to learn more about the winter solstice.

Lunar Eclipse

A Lunar Eclipse occurs on December 21, 2010, at 3:13 a.m. E.S.T. Its effect can be felt for a period of two weeks before and two weeks after, at which time, a Solar Eclipse occurs, but that's another story. The period of a Lunar Eclipse is Nature's way of "detoxing." For instance, on a physical level, we more easily catch colds, which is a way the body has of cleansing itself. Some of us can have skin break-outs for the same reason. Of course, if you know how to do a fast healthfully and safely, the approach to a Lunar Eclipse is especially worthwhile. More specifically, this Lunar Eclipse happens in the zodiacal sign, Gemini, which represents the shoulders. (Each part of the body is represented by a sign or planet). In other words, this Lunar Eclipse symbolizes a time when the shoulder area can be improved or strengthened with a safe and healthful yoga practice which emphasize asanas there. However, if the shoulders are a place of physical weaknesses or old injury, then special care should be taken in your practice, so as not to do damage. By the way, Nature has us detox on all levels during the period of a Lunar Eclipse. For instance, it's a great time to clean your house...in more ways than one! However, the emotional detox can be tricky. If we are not aware of the purpose of the time, we risk over-reactions, short tempers, and T.M.I. In tense and irritating circumstances in the next few weeks, the advice is the same as a good yoga practice -- breathe! You might say it's the stuff of the holidays, but I say, it's the Lunar Eclipse. But in any case, keep breathing. Namaste,