Eclipse

I’m writing this a day after the big eclipse I had the pleasure of watching from the front steps of my home. By the time you read this Freedom Friday post, it will have been a couple of weeks from when it happened.

Blood Moon
Blood Moon

Apparently, from reading about the event, the lunar eclipse was not only when the moon was at its closest to the earth in over thirty years, but it also was a super blood moon. For some, the blood moon holds a sacred significance that has led many to speculate the end times is near. I’m not one of those proponents. After all, we’re still here.

The other far-reaching impact of this event is also the fact that Eastern Canada had a full view of the entire event. If you lived in places like Arizona or California, you were out of luck.

I wasn’t sure if I’d catch a view of the moon. Throughout the day, cloud covered the region and in some towns, including ours, heavy fog cast a thick layer of obstruction that would have taken a miracle to disperse, if I’d wanted to actually witness the event.

Surprisingly, a few minutes after ten o’clock, the clouds separated, and there, in the sky where it rested, the moon in its full glory disappeared in earth’s shadow. My family and I were in awe of the event. While everyone was taking photos, I stood there enjoying the view with my mouth open. For the first time, I didn’t feel the need to capture the moment with my camera. I simply wanted to experience the moment instead.

Super Blood Moon
Super Blood Moon

If you’ve ever seen a lunar eclipse, then you will know what it’s like. A solar eclipse happens when the moon sits between the sun and the earth casting a shadow on the sun. A lunar eclipse, on the other hand, occurs when the earth sits between the sun and the moon casting a shadow on the moon.

The great thing about the evening was I could enjoy the moment without the use of any aids such as a telescope. The other thing I liked about it was the temperature outside was mild enough that all I needed was a T-shirt to stay comfortable.

For this event, I saw how the shadow slowly began creeping on the moon until a sliver of light penetrated the moon’s surface. As the whole thing took place, I could also see traces of red opposite the sliver. In all honesty, I’ve never seen anything like it in all my life. It really was a remarkable sight.

By the time earth’s shadow covered the moon, I was in awe. The moon had become a big red ball in the sky giving a performance I would have never imagined possible, even if I had planned the whole thing myself.

Overall, the evening was something I will remember for the rest of my life, not only in content, but also with how I had my dear family by my side sharing the moment.

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Had you seen the lunar eclipse of September 27, 2015? If so, what did you think of it?

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12 thoughts on “Eclipse

  1. Ah, I enjoyed your post. I just posted about experiencing that event myself. I’m glad it was a shared event for you too. It seemed right that it be shared. I never saw the event as being the all out end of the world. I did see it as a portent due to the significance of the dates and what has happened before. Portents are far different from end-alls though.

    Congratulations on your series! Thank you for writing. 🙂

  2. So many times, we forget to put down our cameras and just embrace the moment. Though, I feel a bit hypocritical – during the eclipse, I was working may way through the endless maze known as grad school homework. I think I need to take time and stop to enjoy moments a little more.

  3. In the UK the blood moon super moon was about 3am, so I was in bed. But earlier in the evening the supermoon was visible. I’ve found that if you look at a full moon long enough you start to get the impression it isn’t a two dimensional disk in the sky but a three dimension object on a horizontal plane away from the Earth and the feeling of being ‘in space’ becomes very apparent.

    Next time there’s a full moon try it. See if it looks level with you out in space rather than above you in the sky.

  4. It was rather cloudy, as Charles stated, but I did catch a few glimpses between the next wave of cloud cover. Not bad.
    Solar eclipses are even stranger, because day apparently turns into night for a short period of time, but it confuses animals – and people ! I have seen 3 total solar eclipses that I can remember.

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