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Winter getting you down already? Do not despair.
Those long summer evenings on the water are beginning as we speak. We now teeter on the cusp of the Winter Solstice when the tilt of the earth will tip back toward the sun, and the long flood of light and warmth begins anew.
The actual celestial moment will be 3:38 PM tomorrow, local time. That makes tomorrow night the longest night of the year, but tonight will certainly be long enough. And, due to an extremely rare convergence of the solstice with a total lunar eclipse, tonight will feel darker than usual.
Multiple astronomical events are lining up for a rare display of synchronization tonight as a total lunar eclipse overlaps with 2010's winter solstice.
I went out at dusk--4:00--and realized we would not see the eclipse or the meteor shower tonight. No, the clouds were lowering and the snow was drifting down, and the darkness was already settling into every fold and crease of the rock face. But I thought I felt a shifting under my feet...