Tag: The Moon

Lunar Eclipse; Foggy Mornings

It’s foggy … again. Every morning for the last many, many days it’s been very foggy. I can’t recall this type of weather happening in past years, that we’ve been here.

The fog is very thick. You can see ahead of it, but not by that much. Like the houses behind ours [about half-an-acre to an acre away] are shrouded in fog, visible, but fog encased. I can see on our deck, that’s 10 feet of non-fog, then in the yard it just schoomps-up right away. The thing is, it’s not super thick at ground level right in front of you, as I described above. So visibility is alright in daytime, but not by much. Some areas, I’m sure, it’s thicker in.

So every day it’s the silent cloud-like morning until later when it starts to burn off … so that by Noon, it’s mostly gone, but at least until 10am it’s fairly thick.

It’s eerie.

Last night was eerie too, but expected and enjoyed. The Lunar Eclipse was in full view from our deck, and the skies cooperated nicely with very few clouds. Earlier in the day we had a “mostly cloudy” forcast. So I was happy to see mosty clear skies after dark.

The children all wanted to see it happen, but only Victoria saw it with me and Frank. Russell had fallen asleep, and had assured us beforehand that he wanted to see it, so we should wake him up if he falls asleep.

Of course, it wasn’t as easy as that. Frank tried to awake him, and told me he couldn’t wake Russell up. So I went into the house and tried to arouse Russell. I got him to wake up pretty fast and he followed me out to see the moon starting to show Earth’s shadow on the lower portion of it. Russell didn’t seem to want to be there, but accepted the plied into his hands binoculars, he put them up to his eyes then grunted responses to my questions, little affirmative words as well were his responses. I figured he was too tired, so off to bed he went again.

Frank was downstairs then, and saw Russell run by. He though Russell was getting something to go back out on the deck with. On Frank’s way out a few minutes later he went to turn a light off, and saw Russell huddled under the covers in bed, sound asleep.

Taking that scenario, adding my waking him and bringing him outside, and adding into it how Frank couldn’t wake Russell at all before that, we do think he was sleep walking.

This morning we asked him questions about it, and he has no recall of the Lunar Eclipse, of even waking up last night.

Russell was really the eerie portion of the October 27, 2004 Lunar Eclipse. He had bloodshot eyes, dull expressions, very “zombie-like”.

Victoria was bouncing around full of energy the whole night. She was more than ready to see the moon get dark.

In the past she’s missed the meteorite showers that she knows Russell has seen some of, and she wasn’t about to miss this fun touted lunar event. She enjoyed it.

The part we all enjoyed the most was the top edge of light that lingered, you could nearly feel that you were on top of the moon looking over the edge to the back side. Binocular views were spectacular.

We live in such scientific days. We don’t fear these events, as peoples of older times did. FWIW.

That Gorgeous September Moon

I just went out on the deck with my Canon Rebel 2000 after spying the moon through the glass of the French doors.

It was gorgeous, looks full, but not exactly quite. I took at least 3 or 4 photos with my longest lense, using a night-time mode. I sure hope they turn out alright. I’ve never really taken night body pictures. Only moon in daylight sky … when aiming at the moon.

After I did that I came in and searched for moon phase info. Couldn’t find it easily on accuweather nor on Weather.com. I didn’t have the patience to REALLY search there. I found a naval site and found a plethora of info. So I got the most relevant data to me for now, and find that the moon is 99% waxing gibbeous tonight … 🙂 It’ll be FULL officially tomorrow sometime after High Noon. Gorgeous pictures if they come out, of a waxing practically full moon, the best view of this September 2003 Full Moon that might be had perhaps. We can’t vouch for tomorrow nights sky conditions. At any rate the view in real life is simply wonderful. A yellow gauze of light around it, the man on the moon looks very cheesey tonight, and very happy too.

Just as I was about to post this Asa came up and looked outside, and guess what he said “I saw the moon!”

Which reminds me of his birth. Ah, I have a connection with the September Moon, [minus any mystical weirdness –it’s totally a romantic notional connection] I knew there was something drawing me out there with my camera.

In 2000 I was overdue with our third child. The Full moon was approaching and the midwife and I joked about waiting for the full moon, or something like that. Well, the night I went into labor, the moon was waxing towards Full. Proof following:

2000 Phases of the Moon
Universal Time

NEW MOON FIRST QUARTER FULL MOON LAST QUARTER

d h m d h m d h m d h m

JAN. 6 18 14 JAN. 14 13 34 JAN. 21 04 40 JAN. 28 07 57
FEB. 5 13 03 FEB. 12 23 21 FEB. 19 16 27 FEB. 27 03 53
MAR. 6 05 17 MAR. 13 06 59 MAR. 20 04 44 MAR. 28 00 21
APR. 4 18 12 APR. 11 13 30 APR. 18 17 41 APR. 26 19 30
MAY 4 04 12 MAY 10 20 00 MAY 18 07 34 MAY 26 11 55
JUNE 2 12 14 JUNE 9 03 29 JUNE 16 22 27 JUNE 25 01 00
JULY 1 19 20 JULY 8 12 53 JULY 16 13 55 JULY 24 11 02
JULY 31 02 25 AUG. 7 01 02 AUG. 15 05 13 AUG. 22 18 51
AUG. 29 10 19 SEPT. 5 16 27 SEPT. 13 19 37 SEPT. 21 01 28
SEPT. 27 19 53 OCT. 5 10 59 OCT. 13 08 53 OCT. 20 07 59
OCT. 27 07 58 NOV. 4 07 27 NOV. 11 21 15 NOV. 18 15 24
NOV. 25 23 11 DEC. 4 03 55 DEC. 11 09 03 DEC. 18 00 41
DEC. 25 17 22

2000 Moon Phases

Here’s the exact time of Full moon on that day for us: Full Moon on 13 September 2000 at 3:37 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Asa was born at 1:57am approx. September 13, 2000. So it was full, like now, just not “absolutely officially”.

It’s a nice moon, that September moon. The Full moon for September 2000 occured 12-something hours after Asa’s birth. The Full moon for September 2003 will occur 15-something hours from now, when I took the photos and felt the need to do so without prior thought of what’s written above. Interesting cooincidence. Close, not exact, but similar and my baby will be Three years old on Saturday! 🙂

These photos will be in the Photo Log eventually. Film takes awhile, and there are three rolls ahead of this one, which is still in the camera.

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