miércoles, abril 16, 2014

Once in a Red Moon: First Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014

Here and there, on the radio, TV, and social networks, there was a lot of excitement about the first of four lunar eclipses that would be observed on the edge of the eve of April 14. I'm not a big fan of observing the sky and I'd never buy a telescope, but this time I got excited too and the night before I decided to set the alarm on my cellphone at 2:30 and go to bed as early as possible.
I wasn't so sure that the sky would be clear enough for the eclipse to be visible -- the day had started clear and warm, but around noon the temperature dramatically dropped and a lot of wind-chased clouds covered the sky. I was a bit too tired and slept like a baby.
Suddenly, I heard Rodolfo getting up from bed, complaining that Chucho was trying to sleep on top of his head and pressed his paws on his face. The eclipse! I exclaimed. What time is it? Why didn't the alarm go off????
Oh, no. It was already past 3:30 a.m. -- I had forgotten that, thanks to the Google Assist app, my smartphone goes silent at 11 p.m. and sleeps and lets me sleep until 7 a.m. Nevertheless, I ran to the front door and carelessly snatched a towel to cover myself from the chilly air outside. Rodolfo and Chucho came running after me.
I wasn't prepared for the beautiful sighting I put my eyes on when I looked up to the sky. My jaw dropped and I got speechless, admiring the red crescent that would soon disappear altogether. What an excellent timing... The vision of the eclipsed moon and some very bright starts in the clearest sky I simply got lost in rapture.
The night was cold and silent, everybody sleeping, and I just couldn't believe why there were no other people admiring this wonderful gift from the sky. Well, never mind. I enjoyed my gift. And I gave thanks for it.

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  1. I am sure that there were plenty of people who watched the eclipse. But remember, you saw the very end of it. They had probably gone back to bed by then. I know that while I stood on the balcony of my apartment in D.F. at 2:30 A.M., I could hear voices of people who were awake and watching.
    ¡Saludos!

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    1. You're right... I was a little bit late to it and perhaps the others were back in bed. And now that I think of it, perhaps it was best, I felt like the eclipse was just for me. ¡Abrazo!

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  2. Tinis yo pase las horas en mi pato, curando mis piedras.

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    1. ¿En serio? Yo sabía que se recargan con la luna llena, pero me imagino que este eclipse le debe haber dado una influencia fenomenal... qué bueno que se te ocurrió. Saludos.

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