In doing a quick look at the all-important Twitter this morning, I noticed that no one seems to have live-tweeted the #SuperBloodMoon eclipse last night. This was a big opportunity missed–I’m sure that if I had posted just the right pithy or moving tweet, news reporters everywhere would’ve jumped on it and given me some good exposure.
That’s not to say that I can’t share my distinctly special take on the lunar eclipse with the handfuls of readers who tune in (or accidentally click on) this blog. Here’s how it went down outside of Boston, MA:
Jill (pausing the DVR on “Project Runway”): It’s 10:00! Time for Super Blood Lunar Eclipse!
The Boy: I don’t think that’s exactly what it’s called.
Jill dashes out front door.
Jill: You can see it!
The Boy comes outside and stands by Jill on the front walkway. The moon is about halfway covered up at this point.
The Boy: Wow. It already started.
Someone across the street hacks up a lung.
The Boy: Let’s see if we can see this in the backyard.
They dash to the back of the house. The view from the back porch is perfect.
Jill: Wow, that’s amazing.
The Boy: Yeah. That’s amazing. Where are my binoculars?
Jill: I don’t know. They’re your binoculars. Maybe in the front closet.
The Boy goes back inside, quickly finds the binoculars and comes back outside.
The Boy (through the binoculars): It’s so cool. Want to see? You might need to adjust the focus.
Jill holds the binoculars up to her eyes.
Jill: That’s so cool. I think the shadow is starting to move past.
She fiddles around with the focus and hands the binoculars back to the Boy.
The Boy: What did you do to these?
The Boy fixes the focus again.
The Boy: No, it’s almost covered up.
He hands the binoculars back to her.
Jill: Oh, you’re right. Let’s go back in and watch some TV.
Repeat a few times. I won’t do that here, because really, time-lapse photography was a much better way to experience this event, rather than reading our lame conversation and my eventual bad attempts at jokes (you really don’t want to read those). Right now, I bet you’re looking around your shoulder for Robert Goulet.
I’m not saying that the eclipse wasn’t cool–it totally was, and I even succumbed to the lure of taking a picture on my phone, knowing that the massive 4.0X magnifying power of the lens wasn’t going to be anywhere near something like these gems. See?
Still, sometimes you can’t beat the wonder of science. We got lucky and for once had clear skies to see this pretty amazing occurrence–which isn’t going to happen again for a VERY LONG TIME, even though it seems like we’re always having eclipses, each of which is very special and different and won’t happen again for a VERY LONG TIME–probably not in your lifetime–so you’d better hope for good weather, or else you are missing out on life.
Or at least something pretty spiffy to look at and not necessarily talk about.