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2016 Full Moon Dates

January 23, 8:46pm Eastern – Wolf Moon
February 22, 1:20pm Eastern – Snow Moon
March 23, 8:01am Eastern – Worm Moon
April 22, 1:24am Eastern – Pink Moon
May 21, 5:15pm Eastern – Flower Moon
June 20, 7:02am Eastern – Strawberry Moon
July 19, 6:57pm Eastern – Buck Moon
August 18, 5:27am Eastern – Sturgeon Moon
September 16, 3:05pm Eastern – Harvest Moon
October 16, 12:23am Eastern – Hunters Moon
November 14, 8:52am Eastern – Beavers Moon
December 13, 7:05pm Eastern – Cold Moon

2016 New Moon Dates

January 9, 8:30pm Eastern
February 8, 9:39am Eastern
March 8, 8:54pm Eastern
April 7, 7:24am Eastern
May 6, 3:30pm Eastern
June 4, 11:00pm Eastern
July 4, 7:01am Eastern
August 2, 4:45pm Eastern
September 1, 5:03am Eastern
October 1, 12:12am Eastern
October 30, 12:38pm Eastern
November 29, 7:18am Eastern
December 29, 1:53am Eastern

2016 Total Lunar Eclipse

March 8, 8:58pm Eastern

2016 Equinoxes & Solstices

Spring Equinox
March 20, 12:31am Eastern

Summer Solstice
June 20, 6:35pm Eastern

Autumn Equinox
September 22, 10:21am Eastern

Winter Solstice
December 21, 5:45pm Eastern

Check out all of my 2016 calendars here!

it is time for the turning of the wheel… the old is falling away, cycles are ending and the NEW is going into the underworld to be reborn in the light of Spring. A beautiful time to set up intentions and new resolutions!

The Solstice is the longest night of the year, where the days of light start becoming longer and the Goddess retreats to rest in the underworld until spring. This is the birth or the rebirth of the Sun God. The return of the birth of the light. Symbolically Winter is a deep period for retrospection, looking within and confronting ourselves. It can be a very vulnerable energy because it opens up the various layers of ourselves we don’t always want to see but need to for growth. The Solstice is a beautiful energy to help bring in change, growth and enlightenment towards the coming year.

This is always an important time to celebrate!

Stay Magical <3

It’s the solstice again, which is an astronomer’s favorite time of year. That’s because it’s one of the few occasions where we have anything semi-practical to say to anyone.

“Hey, Adam, you’re an astronomer. What’s this whole solstice thing about?”

Well, I’m glad you asked.

Let’s start with why we have a solstice at all. The cool thing about this question is that it’s really asking why we have seasons at all. There’s a great documentary made years back where new graduates from Harvard are asked to explain the cause of Earth’s seasons. Lots of them get the answer dead wrong. So if you don’t know, you’re in good company. Remarkably, Earth has seasons for the same reason that a good quarterback can throw a tight spiral. It’s all about the stability of spinning things.

Do You Really Know Why Earth Has A Solstice?

Photo: NASA/ESA

Happy December solstice!

In the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. Meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere has its longest day and shortest night. This special day is coming up on December 22 at 4:48 UTC (December 21 at 10:48 p.m. CST). 

The earliest people on Earth knew that the sun’s path across the sky shifted in a regular way throughout the year. They built monuments such as Stonehenge in England to follow the sun’s yearly progress.

But today we can picture the solstice from the vantage point of space. We know that the solstice is an astronomical event, caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis, and its motion in orbit around the sun.

Because Earth doesn’t orbit upright, but is instead tilted on its axis by 23-and-a-half degrees, Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light and warmth most directly.

Above, there’s a view of Earth that Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) on EUMETSAT’s Meteosat-9 captured on December 21, 2010.
At the December solstice, Earth is positioned in its orbit so that the sun stays below the north pole horizon. As seen from 23-and-a-half degrees south of the equator, at the imaginary line encircling the globe known as the Tropic of Capricorn, the sun shines directly overhead at noon. This is as far south as the sun ever gets.

For comparison, here are all the equinoxes and solstices of different seasons:

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image credit: EUMETSAT