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December Full Moon, Solstice, Eclipse

Interesting things happening in the heavens on the 21st of this month…

Full Moon on December 21 at 3:14 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Sun and Moon Data for One Day

U.S. Naval Observatory
Astronomical Applications Department

The following information is provided for Durham, Durham County, North Carolina (longitude W78.9, latitude N36.0):

        21 December 2010      Eastern Standard Time          

        Begin civil twilight       6:54 a.m.
        Sunrise                    7:22 a.m.
        Sun transit               12:14 p.m.
        Sunset                     5:05 p.m.
        End civil twilight         5:34 p.m.                 

        Moonrise                   4:33 p.m. on preceding day
        Moon transit              12:06 a.m.
        Moonset                    7:37 a.m.
        Moonrise                   5:37 p.m.
        Moonset                    8:26 a.m. on following day

Total Eclipse on December 21 at 3:17 a.m. Eastern Standard Time

Calendar Date Pen. Eclipse Begins Alt Partial Eclipse Begins Alt Total Eclipse Begins Alt Mid. Eclipse Alt Total Eclipse Ends Alt Partial Eclipse Ends Alt Pen. Eclipse Ends Alt
2010-Dec-21 00:29 +73 01:33 +65 02:41 +53 03:17 +46 03:53 +40 05:01 +27 06:04 +15


Winter Solstice on December 21 at 6:38 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

New “Lunar Eclipse, 2008″

This is a set of three pinhole images of the lunar eclipse in February, 2008. It captures the moon’s path from the moonrise to the moonset. Pigment ink on canvas mounted on and permanently framed with wood, 19×37 inches, $300.00.

"Lunar Eclipse, 2008"

"Lunar Eclipse, 2008"

November Full Falling Leaves Moon



Sun and Moon, rise and set times

Moonrise                   4:58 p.m.
Sunset                     5:19 p.m.
Open camera                5:35 p.m.
End civil twilight         5:45 p.m.

Moon transit              12:15 a.m. 
Begin civil twilight       6:14 a.m.
Close camera               6:15 a.m.
Sunrise                    6:40 a.m.
Moonset                    7:40 a.m. 

Moon Azimuth and Altitude
Time     Azimuth   Altitude
17:00        65.4
00:00       205.8    68.9
06:00       288.2

Full Corn Moon

Full Corn Moon

Full Corn Moon

Last night was the full “corn” moon.  The weather was clear here in Durham most of this week.  I looked forward to setting out a pinhole camera for a night-long exposure of the moonrise and much of its path across the sky.  I added an ear of corn to the scene in the spirit of the month’s full moon name.

Moon, rise and set times

Dates: September 04, 2009 – September 5, 2009

Sunset                  7:39 p.m.
Moonrise                7:28 p.m.
Open camera             7:49 p.m.
End civil twilight      8:05 p.m.
Moon transit           12:50 a.m.
Close camera            6:15 a.m.
Moonset                 7:44 a.m. on following day

Azimuth and Altitude

Body Time Azimuth Altitude Moon 19:00 97.1 Moon 00:00 183.5 47.1 Moon 05:00 257.1