Welcome winter's arrival on Tuesday, December 21, with your favorite backcountry winter activity, food, and drink. Here in the Northern Hemisphere the winter solstice occurs at 6:38 p.m. (EST). Raise an insulated mug of camp coffee, hot cocoa, or your favorite backcountry beverage in honor of snow and ice.
Also, in the early hours of Tuesday the 21st, there will be a total lunar eclipse. In case you've forgotten, a lunar eclipse is when the full moon passes through part or all of the Earth's shadow. Depending on the Earth's atmosphere, the color of the eclipse can be bright orange, blood red, dark brown, or dark gray.
This eclipse will be total. You can find times for its phases in Europe, North America, and the Pacific on www.mreclipse.com. In the Eastern Time Zone, the partial eclipse starts at 1:33 a.m. on December 21. The total eclipse portion, when the moon is completely covered by the Earth's shadow, starts at 2:41 a.m. and ends at 3:53 a.m. The eclipse event ends at 5:01 a.m.
Check out a 2007 total lunar eclipse in the video below. Even better, set your alarm Monday night, hope for clear skies, and watch the real deal up above.