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Gorgeous Time Lapse Video Of This Morning’s Total Lunar Eclipse


Super early this morning — I’m talking between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. — there was a Total Lunar Elipse that could be seen anywhere (provided there was a clear sky) on the night side of Earth. Though Total Lunar Eclipses — when, according to Wikipedia, “the moon passes behind the earth so that the earth blocks the sun’s rays from striking the moon” — happen every year or so, this one was special because it happened the same day as the Winter Solstice. The last time that happened was 372 years ago, so it was kind of a momentous occasion, even if you’re not into astronomy. Did you stay up to watch? I set my alarm for 3:15 a.m. which was supposed to be right around when the “greatest” of the eclipse occurred. Sadly, when I woke up and looked out my window, it was a bit hazy and the moon wasn’t as bright as I hoped. No worries! Check out this gorgeous time lapse video for the eclipse (as seen from Florida) from start to finish. Ahh, the universe is such an amazing thing. Keep reading »

The Winter Solstice Brings New Beginnings

The Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere occurs this weekend, so get ready for new beginnings. The Winter Solstice marks the time in the year when the Sun is farthest away from the northern hemisphere, which causes the longest night and shortest day of the year. It was celebrated as a time of rebirth for ancient people because it meant the return of the life-giving sun. And they had some very interesting ways of celebrating, like a group of women ripping a man to shreds! More, after the jump… Keep reading »

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