Monday, December 20, 2010

Hoping you skies are clear

Tonight will be special, though we may not be able to witness it. For the first time since 1638, we'll have a full moon, with a total eclipse, on the winter solstice. Now that's rare.
I'm setting our alarm clock and we're getting up to see it, though the weatherman says it might be overcast.
The last eclipse I watched was on February of 2008. I shot some pictures and posted them on the blog. If weather permits, I'll shoot some tonight/in the morning.  
I'm a sucker for natural events. I remember just after we built our house and before we built our back deck, we had a total eclipse of the sun. It was May of 1984 and I wore welder's goggles and stole a few glances. Mostly, Jilda and I sat on our back steps and watched the reaction of birds and small animals. It fell quite, and seemed a little eerie. 
It was before the Internet (as we know it) and so I described the event in my in my journal.   
So tonight, I hope your skies are clear.


  1. I probably won't get up to see the eclipse but I enjoyed your description of the earlier event. I know prior to the Internet I also wrote differently about events. Good luck to you and your family for a good viewing.

  2. I looked out a few minutes ago and it was cloudy. I hope I can see it.

  3. Blue skies here at the moment - only about 2 hours to sunset - fingers crossed!

  4. It was a beautiful day yesterday! But the eclipse didn't happen over here in France. At least I don't think so!

  5. I hope you got to see the eclipse. We had heavy cloud cover and more snow :(

    Happy Holidays
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  7. It was cloudy here--I got up around 2:30 AM and there was nothing but cloud cover. *sigh*

  8. It happened here in the UK this morning (7.41am) but our skies were overcast. It would have been great to see it but there you go. Am I right in thinking it only happens every 400 years? Don't think I'll be around for the next one!

  9. I'm sad to say, it was cloudy here too. There was one moment when an small clearing tempted to give us a brief view, but alas, it didn't happen.

  10. Because I work an over night shift, I was able to go out and peek at the eclipse about every 30 minutes. It was such a grand scene over the New Jersey sky. -CR


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