Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bloody Tuesday

As my luck would have it, I got cloud cover in my part of the world during the lunar eclipse and resulting blood moon this past evening.  We really need the soaking rains that the cloud cover promises, and I am still waiting for that event as I write this.  But with the wonder of technology I was able to watch the eclipse live via computer and a link to the Canary Islands' observatory.  If one got tired of the British commentary in the background (which actually I did not) then one could turn off the sound and just observe the slow transformation of this heavenly body.

"The English proper name for Earth's natural satellite is "the Moon". The noun moon derives from moone (around 1380), which developed from mone (1135), which derives from Old English mōna (dating from before 725), which, like all Germanic language cognates, ultimately stems from Proto-Germanic *mǣnōn." according to Wiki.
 
"Mona" has danced with us in her separate orbit that began with a giant impact on earth...before you and I were born.  Even though my show was via a computer screen, her dance of the red veils was most romantic and exciting.  Eclipses always show the roundness of the gal which tends to get lost when we observe her flat and luminescent glow on most nights.

We become so small when we get to observe this vast universe in its magic moments such as these.  We have to look up from our telephones, TV screens, and Google glasses to see the world as it has been long before we began to change its patterns.  (And I do get the irony of that statement.)  And, of course, the moon has observed us all in our tiny dances and efforts and remains passive and beautiful in spite of our conceited attempt at moving mountains.

12 comments:

Granny Annie said...

At least you made the effort. I went to bed. I am old.

Brian Miller said...

yeah we got the same....pouring rain...clouds...i went out to see if i could catch a break in the clouds...but got nothing....smiles.

joeh said...

I should have searched the internet. It looked like we would have visability, but then the clouds came and I went to bed.

kerrdelune said...

Splendid moon post, Tabor, and I loved it - the eclipse was not visible here either.

Celia said...

It was completely overcast here, watched it on the PC, the video is still out there for watching today.

Bob Bushell said...

Great eclipses, love them.

messymimi said...

We had rain, too. Maybe we will get to see the next one.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

"Our conceited attempts at moving mountains," how true these words are. I missed the lunar eclipse -- wish I had known it was online. -- barbara

Red said...

I took a look at 3:30 Am and there was thin cloud which made things dull. An eclipse when it's very clear is awesome as you see the sharp detail.

Betsy Adams said...

Wish we could have seen that moon --but it was rainy/cloudy here. (Maybe the next time!)

You asked about Tulips. We love them --but have more trouble with them than any other flower I think... The deer love them (we have to spray Liquid Fence on them to keep the deer away), AND the squirrels dig up the bulbs thinking they are NUTS I guess... Tulips are perennials --so we don't plant them every year (unless we add a few more in various places around the yard)... The only Annuals which we plant every year now are our Pansies (in the Fall). Everything else we grow is a perennial --and will come back (we hope).

Hugs,
Betsy

ellen abbott said...

I didn't see it though it was clear here but it was in the wee hours and I was asleep having got little the previous night. But what I wanted to say was that I read that the moon was visibly closer back when the earliest civilizations living. Can you imagine that glorious body even closer?!

Snaggle Tooth said...

We had overcast n fog here...
I always call the Moon "Luna" n think of it as a crazy lady-