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Almanac Companion Newsletter
December 16, 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse!

This year wraps up with a rare event! A total lunar eclipse—of the full Moon—on the winter solstice! A triple whammy!
tfully, this eclipse will be fully visible from North America. The partial eclipse begins in the wee hours of December 21 at 1:32 A.M. (ET) with totality starting at 2:40 A.M. (For those on the West cost, the show begins on the 20th!)
With the total eclipse, we will enjoy a celestial canvas of superb beauty. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon. In this alignment, the shadow of the Earth falls upon the Moon, dimming the Moon and giving it unusual coloring, ranging from muted gray to coppery orange.
While every eclipse is special, this one is attended by many stars and constellations that are beautiful in their own right.
See more—plus, a special Sky Map!

Quick Clicks

• Share the news with your friends with this free e-card of a lunar eclipse!
• See your customized
Moon Phase calendar for December.
• Read about the
8 greatest sky events of the past 200 years.


Side dishes are often an afterthought. Here are some recipes with enough stature to accompany the Ruling Roast or the Big Bird!
Baby Carrots With Cranberries
Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon
Rutabaga-and-Sweet Potato Purée
Green Bean Casserole
See more Christmas recipes here.

Full Moon

Ancient rituals, lunar eclipses, and the longest night of the year! Watch video.

But Winter has yet brighter scenes—he boasts
Splendors beyond what gorgeous Summer knows;
Or Autumn with his many fruits, and woods
All flushed with many hues.

William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)


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