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04:39 PM on 12/19/2010
If we were supposed to know all this stuff, we would know it, so just relax and enjoy the show. There are about 10 different theories on this thread and I'm sure everybody posting thinks theirs is the correct one...
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cjk002
Arrrr, the laws of science be a harsh mistress
01:38 PM on 12/19/2010
I'm much more concerned about the recently observed spot on Uranus...
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Sighedeffects
Sighed Effect
12:57 PM on 12/19/2010
Some of these people lost their heads a while ago.
07:09 AM on 12/20/2010
Sometimes they find their heads though. Sometimes, like the crushing disappointment that comes from a apocalypse free life and that they should live on.
12:27 PM on 12/19/2010
I looked this up. 456 years ago they were not yet on the Gregorian Calendar. Adjusting for this, the real date 456 years ago was not the winter solstice, but December 11.

This article is completely inaccurate.
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UncleJimbo
BLANK!
12:54 PM on 12/19/2010
Debbie Downer!.....JK.....Good Work!......Good Science!......Bad Article!
03:52 PM on 12/19/2010
Actually, the winter solstice was on or about December 11, 456 years ago.

For example, it was on December 11 in the year 1600 (well within the Gregorian calendar by then.

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html?year=1600

In 1554, the solstice was indeed on December 12.

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html?year=1550

This "ah ha" moment IS onto to something science-y for sure, just not what you think it is.

The tilt of the Earth is on a 400 year cycle, and the dates of the solstices and equinoxes fluctuate widely, albeit very slowly, by the layman's standard.
01:07 PM on 12/19/2010
The article says the last time an "eclipse and the winter solstice happened simultaneously was just under five centuries years ago". It doesn't say the last time it happened was on December 21 1554. What day did the solstice fall 456 years ago? Not on December 11 or December 21, I assure you. You still have more "looking up to do".
01:34 PM on 12/19/2010
The winter solstice is always on or a day or two from happening on December 21st. That does not change ever. 456 years ago, there was an eclipse of this type on December 21st of the older calendar which corresponds to December 11 in today's terms.

You, sir, are the one who is incorrect.
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12:21 PM on 12/19/2010
hm, is it good or bad that the arbitrarily shadowed moon will be shadowed on december 21?
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Imzadi
Proud Progressive for decades
11:55 AM on 12/19/2010
Outstanding confluence of astromonical events!
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LintLass
"When you can balance a tackhammer on your head...
12:01 PM on 12/19/2010
Hail! ;)
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p456
PeacefulWarrior
11:41 AM on 12/19/2010
OMG my Username!
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kareemachan
watashi ha tororu ga oroka da to omoi masu。
12:18 PM on 12/19/2010
LOL. Please tell me you aren't a bad omen! ;-)
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p456
PeacefulWarrior
12:39 PM on 12/19/2010
I don't believe in all of the stuff they say in the article but allot of it was positive as well.
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bushgirlsgone
11:32 AM on 12/19/2010
Does this mean my cosmic astro glide passport will be renewed? Spiritually speaking, I'm a chakra-holic and I have a fever and the only prescription is more super natural nonsense!
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mick e
Poor Mitt...He;s got a silver foot in his mouth
11:08 AM on 12/19/2010
If history truely repeats itself, we're screwed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1544#Events_of_1544
11:08 AM on 12/19/2010
So my neighbor is going to moon me again next week?
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LintLass
"When you can balance a tackhammer on your head...
11:35 AM on 12/19/2010
Looking forward to it? :)
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UncleJimbo
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12:55 PM on 12/19/2010
If it was Taylor Lautner's Moon.......You Bet!
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Walter H
Thou shalt not coerce. One and done.
11:03 AM on 12/19/2010
This could be bigger than the total solar eclipse and seven planets alignment of February of 1962 when, well actally nothing happened either.
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kareemachan
watashi ha tororu ga oroka da to omoi masu。
12:19 PM on 12/19/2010
Harmonic convergence!

Or, as we called it, harmonica virgins!
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italianchoctaw
Artist / Passionate defender of nature and animals
10:55 PM on 12/19/2010
Hey! I was born then, so something happened! ; ))
10:42 AM on 12/19/2010
oh chit and i just got off the pot.
10:28 AM on 12/19/2010
I thought this is viewed as a good omen in wiccan circles
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LintLass
"When you can balance a tackhammer on your head...
11:45 AM on 12/19/2010
Commonly. It's a cyclic, not linear/'predictive' view of time, (even for those who chart astrology) as such the 'darkest night of the year' represents a celebration of the good stuff that comes of the light starting to return.

Even if you take it as a 'dark' omen, (After all, in the depths of winter, the summer Sin's already on the way back,) it'd also be in the context of representing a turning point.

Commonly, a Wiccan view of astrology isn't about 'supernatural causation,' or deterministic prediction, it's about insight into the things that are happening anyway, and a language to talk about them. There are some fairly challenging-looking aspects for this eclipse, but I don't think you need a chart to read similar signs politically.
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LintLass
"When you can balance a tackhammer on your head...
11:49 AM on 12/19/2010
Eh, Summer Sun, that is. :) Unfortunately no Jungian slip, there, just a slightly-smaller keyboard than usual. :)
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kareemachan
watashi ha tororu ga oroka da to omoi masu。
12:20 PM on 12/19/2010
Interesting. Thanks for the info!
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Maezeppa
Happy-Happy Joy-Joy
10:05 AM on 12/19/2010
Oh, for crying out loud, Huffingtonpost.   LOSE THE BAD OMEN BALONEY.
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09:53 AM on 12/19/2010
So? It will be quite dark, that's all. Nothing metaphorically significant unless you're superstitious. It's happened quite a number of times in the past, without the earth, moon or sun collapsing, if that's what you're afraid of. Omens are so 5th century...
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LintLass
"When you can balance a tackhammer on your head...
11:51 AM on 12/19/2010
Oh, Lighten up. It's the reason for the Season. :)