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December 21, 2010

In Toronto meteorology and astronomy news

Having painstakingly set my alarm for 1am for a 1:35am lunar eclipse start time, I stuck my nose out the door only to find it was still overcast downtown.

So I went back to bed. Damn it.

The 2010 lunar eclipse was the first to fall on the winter solstice in 372 years. And, perhaps more importantly, it was quite the show. Although the skies over Toronto were overcast as late as midnight, a very timely clearing trend took over and left perfect viewing conditions for the eclipse. As I mentioned during a break from watching it all go down, the early morning hours might have offered the clearest skies of the year, with loads of stars visible to the naked eye from downtown areas that generally suffer from much light pollution.

The wee hours are not what they used to be with my early am schedule. And I call myself a goth.

At least there is still the winter to enjoy.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 21, 2010 12:23 PM