BREAKING NEWS: in a few hours you should not have to go too far to observe a stellar event that has not occurred for around some 400 years.
Late tonight, way past Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon, the moon will turn a deeper shade of red than my eyes after a long night hugging Jack (as in Jack Daniels).
This will be the celestial conjuncture of a rare, winter solstice full lunar eclipse. But, will it be worth staying up for?
Truth be known, the hype about this heavenly happening may be more exciting than the actual show, which for many would be a major sleep interrupter, anyway.
Super-cool space-science guy, Neil Degrasse Tyson, was on MSNBC this morning explaining that, minus the winter solstice rarity, this is not really that uncommon of an event; it will reoccur twice next year. The web story provides plenty of background information, especially if you’re into charts and graphs.
But, let’s not let that little bit of reality stop the fun.
The connection between witch worship and these cosmic circumstances does add some interesting entertainment.
I found one website that I have to assume is definitely NOT the home page of Christine O’Donnell, which describes the solstice aspect, and goes by the name—and I am not making this up—“I am a witch.”
(Unless, she meant she was before she claimed she wasn’t. Poor, poor Christine.)
Another witching connection is with a group known as the Correllian Nativist Church International. I am posting a very long, very boring (apparently, especially so, for that guy sitting on the right side of the room) YouTube video with their gathered clan of wiccas, or wiccans, or whatever they are called.
You can fast-forward to minute 18:00 and watch them walk around some strange symbol of the floor, while chanting,
“Peace on earth”, “Freedom to not bathe”, and “Gee, I sure hope I get laid tonight.”
(Or something like that, I assume.)
Unlike a solar eclipse, where you may have to travel to far-off exotic lands to find the narrow band of the planet where the sun mysteriously disappears for a time, you should be able to view tonight’s sky show right outside your back door.
That is assuming your backyard won’t be cloud enshrouded like mine will likely be.
Your choice at that point will be to travel to find some open sky…or just go back to bed and catch it on the internet tomorrow morning.
In any regard, I would suggest that you keep your umbra where the wiccan witches of the west won’t find it.