Skip to comments.Will Tuesday Be the Darkest Day in 456 Years?
Posted on 12/19/2010 11:12:44 AM PST by Red in Blue PA
Break out the flashlights. When a full lunar eclipse takes place on the shortest day of the year, the planet may just get awfully dark.
The upcoming Dec. 21 full moon -- besides distinguishing itself from the others in 2010 by undergoing a total eclipse -- will also take place on the same date as the solstice (the winter solstice if you live north of the equator, and the summer solstice if you live to the south).
Winter solstice is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and marks the official beginning of winter. The sun is at its lowest in our sky because the North Pole of our tilted planet is pointing away from it.
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A silly article - a solstice on a new moon would be much darker.
... especially if it were a total eclipse.
“The darkest day in 500 years comes on obama’s watch...”
The solstice sounds racist (s/)
Plus....a lunar eclipse happens at night...for those viewing it. So how can it be the darkest day in 456 years?
Agreed. Silly article.
I guess they don't emphasize basic science in J-school.
Beat me to it.
Besides the items mention about the stupidity of the article, it’s not informative, either: At no point does it say what time the eclipse is going to be. Maybe I missed it....
From Wikipedia: A total lunar eclipse will take place on December 20/21, 2010. It will be visible after midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 21 in North and South America.
They must not be counting inauguration day in 2009.
I didn’t know space.com (from whence this article came) hired high schoolers to write its articles.
The Maya calendar predicts the end of the world to occur on December 21, 2012.
Is this coming Tuesday the start of the apocalypse, or were the Maya’s off by only 2 years, exactly?
Note to self: don’t do any chores until next Wednesday....buy more tinfoil.
The darkest day in the last 456 years was the day Obama got elected president.
An eclipse during a full moon will at one point exhibit their beloved crescent. This happening on the shortest and darkest day in 456 years.
Muzzies live by symbolism. Tuesday might be a good day to keep an extra eye out for suspicious behavior and stay away from malls and large crowds......IMO.
Any terrorist attack (successful or not) will keep people home during the busiest few shopping days of the year. There have already been reports of a Mumbai-style attack somewhere in the EU or the US over the holidays.
Be careful, my FRiends and use your head.
Actually wouldn’t it be a hoot if all the Maya 2012 talk etc. ended up being miscalculated on our part....and this is the 2012 year predicted by their very accurate calender system?
The start of a new age, the world magnetic poles shift, and a new man emerges...
Maybe the special spaceship will appear in the sky and save a few?
Sorry Gator didn’t see your post.
I was actually thinking the same tin-foil thing. But for the idea that it wasn’t the Mayan Calender that was wrong...it is our calender that is off.
I’ll be sure to break out the welding gear.
That and my phalanx of Christmas lights ought to keep things lit up in my neighborhood.
The day congress makes butt humping normal in the military is the darkest day of US history.
Wait a minute, I thought the darkest day was January 20, 2009. The annoited one became the president, the oceans parted, the lion and the lamb laid down together and everything was good because Obama declared it.. It turned out none of the above happened and the lights went out in America as the darkest days in American history begin to last for a total of 4 years of darkness of an evil dictator that hates america
“.....it is our calender that is off.”
Nice twist. Great concept for a new sci-fi, but there might not be anyone left to see it. ;>)
Isn't obvious to all yet? The scientific calculations are in. The result is not good.
I have noticed a trend for the past six months and it's scares the hell out of me.
Each day for the past six months has been two minutes shorter than the day before!!
If something isn't done, I predict that by March there will be 24 hours of night and the Sun disappears altogether!
Something must be done about the urgent problem of Global Darkening!!
The Science is settled! We must act now or we're doomed!!
No, it doesn't. It predicts the end of an era. They didn't get around to publishing a newer calendar that predicts the beginning of a conservative era that allows mankind to blossum and florish.
You need to contact Al Gore, immediately!
LOL, I misread you, thought you wrote break out my WEDDING gear, alrighty then.
“....the beginning of a conservative era that allows mankind to blossum and flourish.”
From your lips to God’s ears.
The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll.
Hey, THAT's nothin'! Check THIS out:
This year, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address could occur on the same day. It is an ironic juxtaposition of events: one involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little perspective, wisdom or credibility for prognostication...while the other involves a groundhog.Yes, please DO spam your friends with it...
A lunar eclipse hides the moon. A solar eclipse hides the sun.
True, but a lunar eclipse blocks out the reflected light from the Sun, no?
Thus darkening the night, but not the day.
Anyone on watch? It’s cloudy here in the west.
cant see it here in northeast
I have an hour and a half to go.
I imagine it will be tomorrow, too. 'Til the sun sets around 5:00 p.m. anyway...