Sunday, December 19, 2010

Solstice-eclipse overlap first in 456 years

OTTAWA — This year’s winter solstice — an event that will occur next Tuesday — will coincide with a full lunar eclipse in a union that hasn’t been seen in 456 years.

The celestial eccentricity holds special significance for spiritualities that tap into the energy of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year and a time that is associated with the rebirth of the sun.
The last time the two celestial events happened at the same time was in AD 1554, according to NASA.

Paperbacks Galore:
The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter SolsticeThe Winter SolsticeThe Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter SolsticeThe Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of ChristmasA Solstice Tree for Jenny (Young Readers)The Night of the Solstice (Wildworld)SolsticeBeautiful Darkness: Celebrating the Winter Solstice

World’s Most Expensive Christmas Tree Ever

It holds a total of 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones according to Khalifa Khouri, owner of Style Gallery which provided the jewellery.
Hans Olbertz, general manager of the hotel, said: ‘The tree itself is about $10,000. The jewellery has a value of over $11million – I think 11.4m, 11.5m.’

He added that the hotel would apply to the Guinness Book of World Records to find out if its tree is the most expensive ever.

World's Cutest Christmas Tree Ever:
Charlie Brown's Tree with Blanket - MulticolorMusical Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Peanuts Theme - 24"Charlie Brown Christmas Tree - 18"

At least for me.