Next week on December 20, a total eclipse of the moon will be visible from San Francisco. (Of course, fog and clouds will most certainly get in the way, so: ha, ha, not really!) According to Wikipedia, "A total lunar eclipse will take place on December 20/21, 2010. It will be visible after midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 21 in North and South America. The beginning of the total eclipse will be visible from northern Europe just before sunrise. The end of the total eclipse will be visible rising at sunset for Japan and northeastern Asia, it also appears very visible to the Philippines just after sunset (as in Partial lunar eclipse)." The eclipse will be viewable on Monday night/Tuesday morning.

What fun!

How can I prevent the lunar eclipse from harming me and my loved ones, you ask? Well, MSNC has some myths that just might save you and your family from certain doom. Take note: "In Japan, some people still cover wells to avoid being poisoned by the disease of the moon during an eclipse. Native residents of Arctic regions are known to turn over their utensils to avoid contamination. In other cultures, people yell at the moon during an eclipse, or they bang pots or even shoot into the air."

We will be performing all three rituals come next Tuesday when the total lunar eclipse starts at around 11:20 pm.