Tonight December 20th, 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. The eclipse starts at 11:40pm.
If you want to set an alarm to catch a brief glimpse of the amber moon, NASA recommends 12:17 a.m. PST for the optimal impression. 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.
If you feel adventurous, join Ranger Kathy Boyd at Daley Ranch in Escondido tonight, Monday 12/20 @ 11pm. The ranger will share a telescope for eclipse viewing. Eclipse starts at about 11:40pm, lasts about 70 minutes. Meet in parking lot; bring water, a chair, binoculars or a telescope if you like. 760-839-4680.
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Just in time for the holidays!