Tuesday, December 21 should be a big day for the pagans among us. The full moon and the winter solstice are joined this year by a total lunar eclipse, visible throughout North America.
If we're going to see it, we're going to have to get out of bed--and then go back for the brief remaining hours before our 4:40 wake-up time. For us, the partial eclipse begins at 11:33 pm on Dec. 20, and the total eclipse runs from 11:41 to 12:53. Of course, its visibility also depends on the cloud cover, but except for our "winter storm" last week, our nights have been very clear and cold. The lack of city lights keeps our night sky dark and filled with starlight, and the eclipse should be very dramatic here.
The best account I've found of what to expect, complete with times wherever you are in the viewing range, is Mr. Eclipse's. We haven't been able to see one of these since 2004, so check it out if you can.