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Will Tuesday Be the Darkest Day in 456 Years?
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/18/tuesday-darkest-day-years/?test=latestnews ^

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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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: eclipse; lunareclipse; moon
The darkest day in 500 years comes on obama's watch....coincidence? I think not.
1 posted on 12/19/2010 11:12:45 AM PST by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

A silly article - a solstice on a new moon would be much darker.


2 posted on 12/19/2010 11:16:55 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

... especially if it were a total eclipse.


3 posted on 12/19/2010 11:17:56 AM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

“The darkest day in 500 years comes on obama’s watch...”

The solstice sounds racist (s/)


4 posted on 12/19/2010 11:19:38 AM PST by max americana
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To: dirtboy
When a full lunar eclipse takes place on the shortest day of the year, the planet may just get awfully dark.

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.

5 posted on 12/19/2010 11:20:09 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Inspiration. The momentary cessation of stupidity.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Plus, the twerp mentions the entire planet, not the Northern Hemisphere. It will be the longest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.

I guess they don't emphasize basic science in J-school.

6 posted on 12/19/2010 11:22:24 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

Beat me to it.


7 posted on 12/19/2010 11:26:43 AM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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.[2] It will be visible after midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 21 in North and South America.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_2010_lunar_eclipse


8 posted on 12/19/2010 11:27:30 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (We conservatives will always lose elections as long as we allow the MSM to choose our candidates.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

They must not be counting inauguration day in 2009.


9 posted on 12/19/2010 11:28:32 AM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I didn’t know space.com (from whence this article came) hired high schoolers to write its articles.


10 posted on 12/19/2010 11:29:25 AM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: Red in Blue PA
So, a short day with a dark night will be a dark day with a long night?

I'm lost.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

11 posted on 12/19/2010 11:30:35 AM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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.


12 posted on 12/19/2010 11:45:30 AM PST by Gator113 (Sarah Palin can win, and she will win.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

The darkest day in the last 456 years was the day Obama got elected president.


13 posted on 12/19/2010 12:09:25 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (A Jimmy Carter got us a Ronald Reagan......A Barack Obama will get us a Sarah Palin)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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.


14 posted on 12/19/2010 12:09:51 PM PST by panaxanax (IMPEACH THE MUSLIM MARXIST....NOW!!!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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?


15 posted on 12/19/2010 12:35:56 PM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: Gator113

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.


16 posted on 12/19/2010 12:38:02 PM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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.


17 posted on 12/19/2010 12:43:56 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: Red in Blue PA

The day congress makes butt humping normal in the military is the darkest day of US history.


18 posted on 12/19/2010 12:45:32 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (A "tea bagger"? Say it to my face. ><BCC>)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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


20 posted on 12/19/2010 1:36:34 PM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: EBH

“.....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. ;>)


21 posted on 12/19/2010 1:36:38 PM PST by Gator113 (Sarah Palin can win, and she will win.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Has anyone weighed in yet on what's really going on?

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!!

22 posted on 12/19/2010 1:40:34 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Gator113
The Maya calendar predicts the end of the world to occur on December 21, 2012.

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.

23 posted on 12/19/2010 1:47:37 PM PST by roadcat
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To: roadcat

bttt


24 posted on 12/19/2010 1:48:21 PM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: Tanniker Smith

You need to contact Al Gore, immediately!


25 posted on 12/19/2010 2:08:01 PM PST by Bullfrogg (American by birth, Irish by heritage, and hellraiser by choice)
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To: nascarnation

LOL, I misread you, thought you wrote break out my WEDDING gear, alrighty then.


26 posted on 12/19/2010 2:17:12 PM PST by txhurl
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To: roadcat

“....the beginning of a conservative era that allows mankind to blossum and flourish.”

From your lips to God’s ears.


27 posted on 12/19/2010 2:23:07 PM PST by Gator113 (Sarah Palin can win, and she will win.)
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To: yot
Very good. From an oldie but a goody.

The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll.

28 posted on 12/19/2010 2:28:39 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Inspiration. The momentary cessation of stupidity.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
a full lunar eclipse takes place on the shortest day of the year

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...
29 posted on 12/19/2010 3:40:31 PM PST by FreeKeys ("Here we are in this lame duck session quacking around..." John McLame to Greta van Susteren 12-1-10)
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To: Red in Blue PA
When a full lunar eclipse takes place on the shortest day of the year, the planet may just get awfully dark.

A lunar eclipse hides the moon. A solar eclipse hides the sun.

30 posted on 12/19/2010 4:42:22 PM PST by GingisK
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About 3 AM EST 12/21:


31 posted on 12/19/2010 6:38:32 PM PST by mikrofon (Star tags and Constellation outlines optional ;)
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To: GingisK

True, but a lunar eclipse blocks out the reflected light from the Sun, no?


32 posted on 12/20/2010 11:52:44 AM PST by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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...but a lunar eclipse blocks out the reflected light from the Sun, no?...

Thus darkening the night, but not the day.

33 posted on 12/20/2010 12:56:39 PM PST by GingisK
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To: GingisK

Anyone on watch? It’s cloudy here in the west.


34 posted on 12/20/2010 10:32:44 PM PST by hope
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To: hope

cant see it here in northeast


35 posted on 12/21/2010 12:17:05 AM PST by truthfreedom
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To: truthfreedom

I have an hour and a half to go.


36 posted on 12/21/2010 12:49:45 AM PST by hope
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To: Red in Blue PA
Bright and sunny in the Middle East.

I imagine it will be tomorrow, too. 'Til the sun sets around 5:00 p.m. anyway...

37 posted on 12/21/2010 12:55:56 AM PST by Allegra (I painted fuchsia stripes on my elbows.)
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