Company, for those of you who aren't into reading or paying attention there is a super cool thing happening tonight in the sky over your house if you live in the Americas, Northern or Western Europe, parts of Northeast Asia like Japan and Korea, and parts of Oceania: A total lunar eclipse.
A lunar eclipse, unlike a solar eclipse, is when the moon passes through the shadow of Earth. You don't need anything special to view it, just your peepers and a clear sky, and this year it is coming at a special time with special conditions.
First of all, at least where I am located here in the Worldwide Headquarters, the moon will be full. So that in itself makes the pending eclipse extra special. It is called the "Cold Moon" whatever that means. Second of all, the eclipse is happening on the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day of the year in Australia, South Africa, and all the other places in the Southern Hemisphere.
That last little bit of coincidence is what has everyone all up in arms. Lunar eclipse on a solstice? Are you sure that the world is going to wait until 2012 to end? There are going to be a ton of people who are going to be out in the nighttime chanting and dancing around in circles as things like the umbra and penumbra are breached. Wow, that sounds like something straight out of childbirth, doesn't it? But I digress. If you have the means and availability to get out of your house at say 6:00 GMT or so, do it. Check your local listings for when the eclipse is coming to you. But take a look, it's something new to see at least.