Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Total Lunar Eclipse

I heard about the Lunar Eclipse while listening to the radio, probably NPR, but didn't think a thing about it. But Sandy told Kristi about it and we went into the backyard with the dogs to watch it tonight. I have to say, it was pretty cool (when the cloudcover wasn't blocking our view). We saw it go from a light shadow, to a dark shadow, from covering most of the moon, to all of it, and back again to just most. The moon itself was totally dark for only a brief time.

What was really amazing was the appearance of the shadow wavering on the moon. It's funny to think of the orbits and spheres as less than perfect and less than stable, but they sure didn't look all that stable from my house.

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