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A Winter Solstice Eclipsed

17 Dec

For any of our readers out there that live in Utah near Bryce Canyon be sure to stop by the park during the Winter Solstice on Tuesday December 21st, 2010. Not only is it winter solstice but there will be a lunar eclipse happening early morning on the 21st (So late night on Monday)! The Bryce Canyon officials are planning a special evening of moon gazing and stargazing above the hoodoos in the park.

This is truly a once in a lifetime experience because the lunar eclipse will not occur during the winter solstice for another 391 years!! Our winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, which will make this night the darkest of them all. The winter solstice is when the earth is the closet distance to the sun out of our 365 days. In turn we have a summer solstice which is the longest day of the year when the earth is the farthest from the sun.

This incredible event will make for one amazing night of stargazing over one of the most beautiful parks in North America. The festivities include a night hike by the light of the moon as you await complete darkness. For more information you can visit the Bryce Canyon website or to read more about this event click here.

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