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DECEMBER

Is this the greatest alignment of the decade?.... of our lifetimes? ..... of the millennia? ..... in human history? .... since human pre-history? ...... in the memory of biological life on Earth? ..... of the Solar system? well, its certainly one of those!!!!

just to remind you:

On the morning of Tuesday 21st December

at 6am, the Full Moon will be in the West, fairly near setting having travelled its highest path through the night sky that it travels all year

closer to 6.30 am, The Full Moon will then start to have small chunks bitten out of it as the Earths shadow begins to cross the face of the Moon - this looks like the Moon going through all its months worth of phases in about an hour

around 7.30am. we will be left with just a slither of a crescent Moon not far off the horizon

at 7.45am, the Moon will be at total Eclipse and may start to glow red as it begins to set in the North-West

just past 8pm The Winter Solstice Sun will rise exactly opposite where the Moon had set - rising in the South East

(The Earth is pretty big and the Moon stays eclipsed in its shadow for over an hour)

PLUS

Galactic Centre Point - is the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Galaxy around which all of the other coupla hundred billion stars in our Galaxy, The Milky Way revolve

the Galactic Centre Point just happens to be exactly behind the Sun all day on the Winter Solstice this year (and on the same day for the next 5 years) this is a remarkable alignment on its own, but add this to the Total Eclipse and we find:

As the Sun rises, there will be a perfect alignment of The Moon, The Earth, The Sun and Galactic Centre Point

It also means an alignment of the 4 planes that make up our celestial existence

The Earth's Plane - which we can consider spinning around a line that passes through the South Pole and out the North Pole

The Sun's Plane - all the planets move around a flat plane round the Sun called the ecliptic, follow this plane out into deeper space and you hit the band of zodiac constellations - the Earths Plane is at 23 to the Sun's Plane

The Galaxy Plane - The billions of stars in the Galaxy are spread out in a disk that is about 1000 light years thick - The Suns Plane is at almost exactly 60 to this Galactic Plane

The Moon's Plane - The Moon moves along its own path neither exactly the Earths Plane or the Suns - but is at 8 off of the Suns plane

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join us on 21st Dec at 6am tuesday morning witnessing and experiencing this phenomena up at the centre of Hollingbury Bronze Age Hillfort in Brighton

either come up around 6am on tues 21st for the start of the eclipse

or even just before 8am for the Sunrise and alignment

 

please be prepared and bring WARM CLOTHES,HATS, GLOVES, HOT WATER BOTTLES?, SCARVES and any of your stories of the Sun and Moon to share to help us be mindful and give some meaning to what is happening in the skies above us

 

directions to Hollingbury Hillfort can be found here

*THE ALL NIGHT VIGIL IS NOT HAPPENING COS OF RAIN AND SNOW*

I know, maybe thats lightweight, but itd be miserable and there'll be nothing to see in those conditions and after all we're doing this for fun not as penance!

contact me beforehand if youre not sure - or even if youre sure ;)

wishing you successful wishes at the Solstice Alignment

Dave

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