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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.






08 March 2007

A Christmas Sign in the Sky?


Q: Did something unusual occur in the sky at Christmastide, 2000?

EclipseA: I know of only one most “unusual” celestial event from that time. On Christmas Day, a partial solar eclipse occurred.

It was most visible in eastern Canada and the northeastern United States. The residents of Baffin Island saw the most complete eclipse, which was about 72% of total. Elsewhere, much smaller parts of the sun were obstructed by the moon and if you lived in on the West Coast, you had to get up at sunrise for even a tiny peek at a most partial eclipse.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.

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