Monday, December 20, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
It's Monday, December 20th.
With 1.9 B in expenses, it looks like the Winter Olympics in Vancouver broke even.
Currently, next time ...maybe we lease the podium.
This is The Current.
Solstice & Eclipse - Mary Lou Whitehorne
We started this segment with a clip from Idris, a Wiccan Reverend. Yesterday, she and about a dozen Druids and Wiccans traveled from around England to the Avebury Henge, two hours north of London. A henge being a Neolithic or stone age earthwork with ritual stone structures.
They were preparing for Tuesday's arrival of the winter solstice. This year, there is extra cause for celebration because a total lunar eclipse will darken the night sky, just hours before the moment of the solstice.
The last time there was a total lunar eclipse on the winter solstice was 456 years ago in 1554 when the future Queen Elizabeth the First was languishing in the Tower of London. So, with a lunar eclipse and winter solstice both coming in the next 24 hours, there are a lot of people in the state of anxious anticipation.
Now for millennia, humans have put a lot of stock in natural phenomena such as eclipses, supernovas and comets. Although today, it is primarily astronomers who continue to gaze upwards at the skies.
Mary Lou Whitehorne is an astronomy educator and the President of the Royal Astonomical Society of Canada. We reached her in Halifax.
(FYI: Minor Planet 144907 carries Mary Lou Whitehorne's name in recognition of her contribution to educational outreach on this issue in Canada.)
We ended this segment with some tape from a Druid Priest.
And a reminder it all happens at 2:41 EST Tuesday morning or 11:41 PST tonight and runs about 72 minutes if you get a chance to see the total eclipse of the moon as the winter solstice is set to begin.