Wednesday evening was wonderful:
I bribed myself through the last pages of 'Nothing Gold' with well-spaced allotments of junk-food--the remainder of what I hadn't cooked on Sunday. Mmmmmmmm good!
While I was working on those less-than-pleasant scenes, I had the exquisite distraction of watching the full moon visible out my eastern window be swallowed into the shadow of a complete lunar eclipse. Attempts at taking pictures indoors failed miserably, but I did get one half-decent shot during totality when I went out in the 0 degree temps to kneel on the sidewalk and get my tiny tripod correctly aligned. If the photography attempts were frustrating, gawking at it through my binoculars more than made up for it.
And this, I think, was the most gorgeous of the lunar eclipses I've seen, because of the fantastic arrangement around the Moon--Regulus on one side and Saturn on the other. It was incredible--I'm SO glad it was clear out, and it makes up for missing the awesome conjunction of moon/Jupiter/Venus on February 4th.
A quote about this eclipse:
"Moreover, this eclipse comes with a rare bonus. The planet Saturn (magnitude +0.2) and the bright bluish star, Regulus (magnitude +1.4) will form a broad triangle with the moon's ruddy disk.
Careful watchers will notice the moon changing its position with respect to the star and planet as it moves eastward through the Earth's shadow....
Some old-time astronomy buffs may remember from 40 years ago a total lunar eclipse with the moon sitting only about a degree from Spica - a gorgeous celestial tableau! More recently, in 1996, a totally eclipsed moon passed within 2 degrees of Saturn.
But this upcoming double event will be the only one of its kind occurring within the next millennium!"
So blessed to witness it!
And after all that accomplishment and spectacle, last came the delight of getting to cross a story off my 'What's cooking...' list. Feels just great!
I know I've lazied/chickened out of eclipses when they take place in the middle of the night--especially if it's cloudy when I go to bed.
*hugs* Europe's got a smashing one coming in 2010. Keep your eyes open! ;D
The eclipse was said to be around 4.30 here, which is not good when you need to be up for classes. :( But yay for you getting to see it! Gorgeous picture there, me dear. Thankees muchly for sharing it with those of us time-wisely hindered in watching the eclipse as well!
Huzzah for progress! *huggles*