Monday, December 20, 2010

Sky Magic

For the first time in 632 years, the December Solstice will coincide with a complete lunar eclipse.  But, wait, that's not all! It's a full moon and there's a meteor shower. And it's happening tomorrow! Read all about it HERE

With so many celestial events coinciding, one is tempted to hope for miracles. . .
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21 comments:

Margaret Bednar said...

Very interesting... So what time am I supposed to go outside to see it her in NC? After midnight sometime?

Marilyn said...

Your photos are more than wonderful ...and you will have magic happening in the skies; just wonderful.

Victoria said...

Oh, what a magical night December 21st should be! But, I probably won't be able to see any of it because it will still be raining here in CA! (I'm pretty sure this is the only time you'll ever hear me complain about rain).

Vicki, the haiku and photos in your post previous to this one took my breath away. Beautiful writing and beautiful photos!

Martin H. said...

There are certainly those who need a miracle, just now. Wouldn't it be nice if the heavens delivered?

Pat in east TN said...

I certainly hope I get to enjoy some of this, BUT we have a storm moving in tonight ... just wait and see, that's all I can do.

Brian Miller said...

wow. its going to be a crazy magical day eh? that is cool...and the colors in taht first pic as spectacular...

My Carolina Kitchen said...

The skies have a lot of surprises in store for us. Your photos are magical Vicki.
Sam

Julienne said...

Oh Vicki we need some miracles down here. Jane from my pear tree house went in for surgery today and she needs all the help she can get. The girls have put together a moon watch each night to send her some power for the fight ahead perhaps you can send her some from this amazing event.
Jelly shane blog has alink thing going with every bodies good wishes if you have time call in

Merry Christmas

Beth said...

Oh, I always hope for miracles---after all, they happen every day, whether we notice them or not.

Lovely pictures!

Brenda said...

Wow, I'd heard about the eclipse, solstice, and full moon - but not the meteor shower. Crazy! I hope our skies are clear.

Kaye Barley said...

Camera at the ready!

Bouncin' Barb said...

One can hope can't one? Great post Vicki.

Vicki Lane said...

Margaret -- here in NC, the eclipse begins around 1:30 AM. It will be a quarter to three before it's a full eclipse. This link

http://shadowandsubstance.com/2010%201221%20lun%20ecl/EST.jpg

has more information.

Victoria -- our skies will very likely be cloudy too -- but I still like knowing that all that's going on in a kind of stately heavenly dance.

Brian -- those colors are me playing with the color saturation to go for a magical effect.

Julienne, I will keep Jane in my heart and send my best intentions.

Vicki Lane said...

Margaret -- here in NC, the eclipse begins around 1:30 AM. It will be a quarter to three before it's a full eclipse. This link

http://shadowandsubstance.com/2010%201221%20lun%20ecl/EST.jpg

has more information.

Victoria -- our skies will very likely be cloudy too -- but I still like knowing that all that's going on in a kind of stately heavenly dance.

Brian -- those colors are me playing with the color saturation to go for a magical effect.

Julienne, I will keep Jane in my heart and send my best intentions.

write4chocolate said...

I always hope for miracles, Vicki, but yes, this seems like a gilded invitation to that hope. --Angela Dove

Paul C said...

What an interesting celestial event! Heavens conspiring and calming?

Louise said...

Each day of life is a little miracle. We have clouds here, so no sightings to be had. But, hopefully, you will see it and tell us all about it.

Eliane Zimmermann said...

wow, sounds even more promising than the simple solstice ceremony in the megalithic monument newgange which i posted about! let's hope for miracles the world needs lots of them!

Kath said...

Wow. Big day tomorrow. I was only aware of the Solstice.

Snow due in tonight here in Central KY. Just have to stay still and feel the celestial action.
Stunning photographs!
Kath

Mel said...

We are snow cloud bound and under winter storm warnings until tomorrow mid day, so there will be no eclipse or meteors for us this year. We have been lucky to see a few of our own already, so we'll get by looking at photos from friends around the world who had a clear view. My heart is lighter already knowing the longest night is leaving us for another year. Two nights ago, after a light sparkly snowfall that had me mesmerized at daylight, I walked the dog under the almost full moon and the opalescent bluefire sparkles all around me gave me goosebumps. I soaked it up and will remember that picture in my head forever. Thanks for sharing your sky magic pictures with us.
ps speaking of magical, I am 2/3 finished reading The Day of Small Things, and I am loving everything about your story and your characters and the way you write. Simply beautiful, and I can't wait but don't want to finish.

Deanna said...

Your blog header is beautiful.

The moon looks eerie here. A miracle or two in this world we call home would be nice right now.