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TIme Lapse: Last Night's Lunar Eclipse

In case you slept through last night's Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse (guilty), here she is in all her glory: The Washington Post's Martin Weil and Debbi Wilgoren explain the significance of last night's event:

There was maybe one day like this Tuesday in the past 2,000 years.

The last time the solstice coincided with a total lunar eclipse on the same calendar day was long before any of our lifetimes, experts say. The year, according to Geoff Chester, public affairs officer at the U.S. Naval Observatory, was 1638 (Starhawk, a prominent Wiccan, told The Washington Post in an essay that the two events have not coincided since 1544).

This also means yesterday was the darkest day in 372 years.

 

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