Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Worth getting up early
Clear skies. Yay! I could watch the lunar eclipse.
I bundled up, turned off the outside light, grabbed my camera and binoculars and hurried out.
Thankfully it wasn't too cold (mid-40s) and no wind. The sky was clear and starry.
The moon was in the west and I saw that there was just the slightest shadow moving across the upper left-hand corner.
I settled in on a lawn chair to watch.
Unlike solar eclipses that move pretty darn fast, lunar ones are much more sedate, allowing the viewer to skywatch.
In the hour I was watching the moon (up until total when it was completely obscured by surrounding trees), I spotted 4 satellites, 1 very bright and 4 very dim shooting stars. For an hour I was transported. No. Reminded that there is way more than us out there. And it should be appreciated. We need the perspective - ever more so these days.
I came in just a bit ago. The 'blood moon' is lost to me behind tall trees now, but I've seen several over the decades and remember the copper glow of totality.
Over the years when I ask people if they watch a meteor shower, seen a comet, viewed an eclipse, or even checked out the night skies, they kinda look at me. "Why? - It's on the web if I want to look."
Trust me. It's not the same.