It is now officially winter (in the Northern Hemisphere—summer for my Southern Hemispheric friends!) and with it the shortest day of the year. The winter solstice begins at 6:38p.m., EST. I was one of the ones who got up this morning to try to see the eclipse of the moon. It was a rare total lunar eclipse, but I missed it due to cloud cover. Oh well, maybe next time.
Today is also known as Cold Moon by Native American tribes of New England and the Great Lakes because of the lengthening of the nights. It is also called the Long Nights Moon. The December Full Moon. The moon will enter its full phase at 3:13a.m., EST.