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Strangers in the Night

The Planetarium at New Rochelle High School has some interesting night time shows this week that may help us understand an extraordinary event in the sky.



Tonight is the winter solstice, making the 21st of December the shortest day of the year. It’s also a full moon. And for the first time in 456 years this all coincides with a full lunar eclipse.

A full lunar eclipse occurs when the moon completely passes behind the earth so that the earth blocks the sun’s rays from striking the moon. As a result the moon is expected to glow in shades of red and orange.

The eclipse will start just after midnight here; the total eclipse occurs from 3:17 5:30 a.m.

According to local astrologer Pam Cucinell, "The Winter Solstice sets up a promise for a new paradigm. The Sun enters Capricorn and demands a new work ethic. You can ritualize this time to map out or reenergize a project."

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