Lunar Eclipse + Winter Solstice = Awesome

According to NASA:

“This lunar eclipse falls on the date of the northern winter solstice. How rare is that? Total lunar eclipses in northern winter are fairly common. There have been three of them in the past ten years alone. A lunar eclipse smack-dab on the date of the solstice, however, is unusual. Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory inspected a list of eclipses going back 2000 years.

“Since Year 1, I can only find one previous instance of an eclipse matching the same calendar date as the solstice, and that is 1638 DEC 21,” says Chester. “Fortunately we won’t have to wait 372 years for the next one…that will be on 2094 DEC 21.”

How often do you get to witness an event that has not been seen since the year 1378, over half a millennium, 632 years ago?

We are supposed to have a clear night this evening, so we should get a nice show.

Solstice Lunar Eclipse (map, 550px)

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