Winter Solstice 2010 | Full moon and eclipse welcome back the sun

Lunar eclipse

The last time the Winter Solstice was also a lunar eclipse was more than 600 years ago. Image: Flickr / aresauburnphotos / CC-BY-SA

Winter Solstice 2010, Dec. 21, is the shortest day of the year. The 2010 Winter Solstice comes with a double dose of astrological significance. There is both a full moon and a full eclipse on during this year’s solstice.

Significance of Winter Solstice 2010

Winter Solstice 2010 is an important day for a variety of astrological, social, and religious reasons. Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, the day that the sun appears for the least amount of time. The tilt of the planet and shape of the orbit around the sun creates a very dark day. Many world religions celebrate Winter Solstice or the time around it as the returning of the sun and “rebirth” of the seasons because the days begin to get longer after Winter Solstice.

Winter Solstice 2010 full moon

The 2010 Winter Solstice is an astrologically significant solstice for several reasons. The 2010 Winter Solstice is a full moon, which last happened in 1999 and before that in 1980. Because the date of the Solstice is not determined by the state of the moon, the full moon does not happen on the Winter Solstice very often. This makes the date of the 2010 Winter Solstice especially significant.

Winter Solstice 2010 eclipse

The 2010 Winter Solstice is not only a full moon, but it is also a full eclipse. This is when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, hiding the sunlight and casting a shadow over the moon. Starting at 1:33 a.m. Eastern Standard Time Tuesday, the Winter Solstice Eclipse will cast an amber/red shadow over the moon, rather than an entirely black shadow that will block out the moon The eclipse is considered full at 2:41 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, Dec. 21. The best view of the full eclipse will be about 3:17 a.m. EST on the Winter Solstice. The last time the Winter Solstice saw a lunar eclipse was in 1378, 632 years ago.

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