As soon as my friend Andrew told me about the total lunar eclipse that was going to happen exactly on the winter’s solstice (Dec. 21st, 2010), I knew I had to stay up for it. This particular eclipse was special for a couple of reasons. Firstly, a lunar eclipse hasn’t fallen on the Winter’s solstice since 1638, and it will not happen again until 2094. Also, the moon happened to be perfectly aligned with the stars of the Milky Way, which gave it (for some) a nice and bright backdrop. The only problem: clouds.
Of course, the city was covered with clouds all day, but I was still hoping to get a clear view of the moon that night. But I was in luck and the sky was perfectly clear that night. In fact, we could actually see the stars over downtown Toronto… a very rare treat!
Évidement, la ville était completement couverte de nuage toute la journée, mais j’esperais quand même avoir une vue claire de la lune. En fait, le ciel était tellement clair cette nuit là que nous pouvions voir les étoiles, même au centre ville de Toronto! C’est tellement rare de voir les étoiles à Toronto!