Goodbye Moon


Credit: Dave Powell

TOKYO (majirox news) – The moon is probably one of the most reclusive personalities in the Universe and was a no-show at Tokyo on Tuesday.

It had been billed as the Eclipse of the Century. There hasn’t been a winter solstice and a full eclipse of the moon occuring simultaneously since 1638.

A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year when the Sun’s apparent position in the sky reaches its northernmost or southernmost extremes. The name is derived from the Latin Sol (Sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the apparent movement of the Sun’s path north or south comes to a stop before reversing direction. Note that this definition is talking about the Sun as seen from the Earth.

The term solstice can also be used in a broader sense, as the date (day) when this occurs. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In some cultures they are considered to start or separate the seasons, while in others they fall nearer the middle.

It was supposed to be a great double act, resulting in the moon glowing shades of deep red while in total eclipse, but it was covered in clouds and no where in sight to the disappointment of many in Tokyo.

There will be another solstice in June, but not an Eclipse of the Century until 2094, just a wink of the cosmic eye.

To see Dave Powell’s photos click his link:

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