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.