Monday, December 20, 2010

Pink Floyd

Tonight you will be able to see "Eclipse" from the album "The Dark Side Of The Moon" - kinda. 

During tonight's (December 20-21) lunar eclipse, the Earth will align between the full moon and the sun, covering the lunar surface in shadow. The eclipse is also falling on the same day as the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere – a rare occurrence that hasn't happened in 372 years. And to top it all off, the Ursids meteor shower is expected to create a few shooting stars tonight that should be especially visible given the dimmed moon.  (From the Christian Science Monitor.)

On the East Coast, it begins half an hour after midnight on Tuesday; on the West Coast, it begins around 9:30 p.m. PST Monday. In all cases, the whole eclipse will be observable before the moon sets in the west just as the sun is rising in the east.

OK, that was the fantastic news for anyone even slightly interested in all things sky.  The down side is most of us in this region will not be able to see any of it because of heavy cloud cover.  It's still worth checking in case there's a break in the clouds.  Check NASA lunar eclipse chart to see how visible the eclipse will be from different regions around the world. has lots of unusual and interesting facts about this and other eclipse.  This sight even tells how to take pictures of the eclipse.

Or, you can just put on your old Pink Floyd album and hum a little.

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