Dark Night Of The Solstice

UPDATE: As commentators below point out, this blog post links to a story from four years ago. The fact that it’s about a solstice eclipse, rather than an equinox eclipse probably should’ve tipped me off. I’m always lecturing people on Facebook and Twitter for linking to outdated articles; I guess karma dictates it was only a matter of time before I committed the same sin. Mea culpa. The original post follows. 

Hey, look at this, from io9’s Annalee Newitz:

Thanks to a lunar eclipse on the longest night of the year, tonight we’ll be experiencing the longest, darkest night in a very long time. It’s been nearly 500 years since the last solstice lunar eclipse. Here’s what you’ll see.

1. Faint penumbral dimming of the moon’s disk.

2. Pervasive creeping sensations of unease.

3. Howling of wolves.

4. Unclean things walk the earth; Dick Cheney rises from the grave.

Much more here. There ya go. Have a safe night, and stay away from Old Ones!

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth will never, ever pass up a chance to make a Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo pun.

10 thoughts on “Dark Night Of The Solstice”

  1. Just to be clear: there is no lunar eclipse tonight; the solistices are in December and July.

    Equinox, I think, is the word you’re looking for.

  2. Wha!?? No-one noticed that:

    It’s not solstice
    The article is dated for 2010
    This is not the longest night of the year….wha?, nor april fools day.

    Come on team, pull it together :) I was just relying on your facts and then you throw this at us.

  3. Arrrgh, I was duped! Someone tweeted that link and I didn’t check the date.

    Best headline ever, WASTED.

  4. Good work, Fact Checker! It’s also worth pointing out that the last full moon was on Sunday (it still looked pretty much full on St. Paddy’s Day), therefore it is nearly at third quarter now. Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon (for obvious reasons). Steve, it appears you have a case of astrology knowledge atrophy. I’m prescribing you two doses of Comos: A Spacetime Odyssey.

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