Happy Solstice Day!

The December solstice happened about twelve minutes ago as I compose this post (2010-12-21 23:38 Universal Time). NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, as per usual, has the solstice goodies:

1. This photo by Danilo Pivato of the sun’s progression through the sky over the Italian coast on the December Solstice of 2005.

Tyrrhenian Sea and Solstice Sky | Credit & Copyright: Danilo Pivato

2. This digital representation of a ‘blood moon’ during a total lunar eclipse as was witnessed in northern latitudes last night.

A Lunar Eclipse on Solstice Day | Credit & Copyright: Jerry Lodriguss (Catching the Light)

Today also marks the end of Saturnalia, the ancient Roman festival of topsy-turviness regarding the social order. Saturnalia is also is the festival that began the tradition of bringing an evergreen bough into the household as the solstice approached, which heritage is still being played out by everybody who puts up a “Christmas Tree”. Io Saturnalia to you all!

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2 replies

  1. Have a good one.

  2. Woohoo! Happy Solstice everyone! I had such a lovely time, went to the pond at my complex and danced under the full moon. The cat chased frogs 😛 (didn’t catch any, yay).
    It’s a pity we couldn’t see the eclipse from here. Oh well *pouts*

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