Depending on where you live this December’s Solstice could share the same date as a lunar eclipse and the full moon, making it a very rare event. In fact, according to many reports this has not happened in 456 years (or 372 years, depending on which articles you happen to read). Most of these reports make reference to the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere, which will occur at 11:38 PM UTC on December 21, 2010, with the full moon at 8:13 AM UTC and the eclipse mid-point at approximately 8:17 AM UTC. This means that many locations with UTC- (UTC ‘minus’) timezones will experience this rare event, but most locations with UTC+ timezones will miss out by a few hours.
In Australia our timezones range from UTC+7 hours to UTC+11 hours so the Summer Solstice (southern hemisphere seasons are opposite those on the northern hemisphere) will not fall on the same day as the full moon and the eclipse. Here in Sydney, for instance, on December 21 we will experience the full moon at 7:13 PM AEDT and the lunar eclipse at 7:17 PM AEDT but the Summer Solstice won’t occur until 10:38 AM AEDT on December 22, meaning we miss out on having this threesome all in the one day. However, with the full moon/total lunar eclipse and the solstice merely a half day apart, it will still be a very special time.
More information about the these events can be found at the following links…
Cosmic Events and Other Astrological Stuff ~ Summer Solstice / Lunar Eclipse – Jenni Muscat’s article in the December Axis Mundi…
Eclipse Magic – Kelly Surtees’ Predictive Astrology Blog
Winter (Summer) Solstice Lunar Eclipse ~ The Light of Spiritual Initiation – more astrological information
Solstice Moon – A great moment of truth approaches…
Solstice-eclipse overlap first in 456 years – A Wiccan perspective…
There’s a blood moon on the rise – ABC Science Online
Eclipse Timing and Visibility
NASA Eclipse Page
Eclipse Animations and More – Shadow and Substance