Plus.... the first lunar eclipse occurring on Solstice since 1638 (thanks for the heads-up Giulia).... or 1554, depending on who's counting...
The eclipse starts around 1:30 a.m. in Toronto; the full moon officially clocks in around 8:15 a.m.
Thinking of different Christmas tunes naming moons, two oldies come to mind:
- Twas in the Moon of Wintertime, written by Jean de Brebeuf in 1643, (just 7 years after the last Winter Solstice eclipse);
- and Good King Wenceslas, whose melody is based on a 13th century spring carol, with the words penned in the 1800s.