Leave it to one of my favorite photo blogs, The Big Picture, to share some of the most beautiful images of the phenomenon that occurred on the same day this week: the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, and the start of winter and a total lunar eclipse.
All images via The Big Picture.
The moon on its way to being totally eclipsed is seen with the Chrysler Building in the foreground in New York City on Tuesday, December 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The Winter Solstice lunar eclipse, seen from Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories on December 21st, 2010 while the Earth's shadow completely covered the moon. Original here. (Francis Anderson / CC BY-ND)
Sky-gazers take in the view from Chugach State Park near Anchorage, Alaska during the lunar eclipse on Monday, December 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Marc Lester)
The shadow of the Earth is seen on the Moon during a total lunar eclipse seen from Shanghai, China on December 21, 2010. (REUTERS/Aly Song)
Three snowshoe hikers watch the almost full moon rising behind the Weissfluhjoch mountain in Arosa, Switzerland, on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Keystone, Alessandro Della Bella)