月食 [げっしょく] – lunar eclipse

  • 月 [ゲツ・ガツ・つき] – moon
  • 食 [ショク・たべる] – to eat

Gotta love Japanese…

Right now, as I type this, the first full lunar eclipse on solstice in 456 years is visible in the United States.  To give you an idea of how long ago that was, Elizabeth I wasn’t even queen yet.  (In fact, she was imprisoned in the Tower of London.)