For the first time in 456 years, the winter solstice will coincide with a full lunar eclipse as the moon passes behind the earth so that the earth blocks the sun's rays from striking the moon.
According to NASA, the total eclipse should last for a little over an hour, making the moon appear red and casting an "amber light" across the landscapes of North America.
The solstice, recognized and celebrated for millennia by people all over the world, marks the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. After tomorrow, the days will gradually begin to lengthen and by the end of December, the days will be about four minutes longer.
Montrealers willing to stay up well past midnight will likely be able to catch at least some of the eclipse. The overnight forecast is calling for a few clouds, with increasing cloudiness overnight.
A south - or southwest - facing window will work just fine for those who want to stay warm, according to Carleton University professor Robert Dick.
If you do decide to venture outside to watch the spectacle, make sure to bundle up as the temperature is expected to drop to around -9 C overnight.
Schedule for the eclipse:
1:33 a.m. - Partial eclipse begins
2:41 a.m. - Total eclipse begins
3:53 a.m. - Total eclipse ends
5:01 a.m. - Partial eclipse ends
For a detailed forecast, visit Environment Canada's website.