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Solstice Eclipse

December 20, 2010

Astronomical coincidences full of beauty, and laden with portent for the sublunary realm. There’s a total lunar eclipse on the morning of the Winter Solstice. The Moon begins to pass through the cone of Earth’s shadow at 6.32am; the eclipse becomes total at 7.40am. The further north you are, the greater the opportunity to see the full eclipse before the moon sets. It may also be possible to see the rising sun and the eclipsed moon setting, both in the sky at once. You may need to be on Arthur’s Seat, or another handy mountain, to do so.

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