Sunday, December 19, 2010
Winter Solstice and Lunar Eclipse
Tuesday December 21st, is a special night for Melvin Moon. It's a Full Moon, Winter Solstice, and an Lunar Eclipse. These events have not occurred together very often. The last time they did was over 400 years ago!
A Full Moon always feels special to Melvin. He feels more powerful on those nights and gives us more light during the night.
Winter Solstice is special because it is the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This means Melvin has more "air time" than the sun! So to be full during his longest night is extra special.
A Lunar eclipse means that for a little over an hour, if you look up at the sky the shadow of the earth will block out Melvin and instead you'll see kind of a reddish glow. This might feel a wee bit scary to Melvin so he's grateful for all your red balloons!
There might even be a bit of a meteor shower thrown in there as well. And if you've read Melvin's Balloons, you know how he feels about meteor showers!
If you haven't read Melvin's Balloons- you should go to www.brylerpublications.com or pick up a copy at your local bookstore or on Chapters on-line. With all this going on, you better do it before Tuesday!