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Winter solstice 2016: Tonight will be the darkest and longest night after 500 years

The Lunar Eclipse Or Chandra Grahan, A Celestial Event That Occurs During The Immersion Of Moon In The Shadow Of The Earth, Which Took Place On March 23. On December 21 We Will Be Experiencing The Longest A And Darkest Night After Very Long Time That Is Winter Solstice 2016.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Neha Singh | Updated on: 21 Dec 2016, 03:15:51 PM
winter solstice 2016: Tonight will be the darkest and longest night after 500 years (File Photo)

New Delhi:

The Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan, a celestial event that occurs during the immersion of moon in the shadow of the Earth, which took place on March 23. On December 21 we will be experiencing the longest a and darkest night after very long time that is winter solstice 2016.

The Earth’s shadow falls on the moon during a Lunar Eclipse. When the moon passes through the umbra, the dark shadow of the Earth, a partial or total Lunar Eclipse takes place.

It's been nearly 500 years since the last solstice lunar eclipse. Here's what you'll see during winter solstice 2016.

According to the reports, the Earth's shadow will begin to blot out the moon at 1:32 a.m. EST (10:32 p.m. PST). During totality, when the Earth is directly between the moon and the sun, the moon will turn a rusty orange-red for 72 minutes from 2:41 a.m. to 3:53 a.m. EST (11:41 p.m. to 12:53 a.m. PST).

Europe and Africa will only get a partial view of the eclips but in the Americas the best times to watch are during those 72 minutes of totality.

NYU science journalism professor John Rennie explains what you're likely to see in the wee hours of the morning:

 1. Dimming of the moon's disk.

2. creeping sensations of unease

4. Unclean things walk the earth

5. Contortion of the zodiac.

6. Intrusion of strange dimensions.

7. Universal gibbering madness.

9. A glimmer of sanity in the chaos.

10. Restoration of Euclidean geometry.

11. Fungal Mi-go from Yuggoth return captive brains to their rightful owners.

12. Applause, followed by waffles for breakfast.

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First Published : 21 Dec 2016, 10:12:00 AM