Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lunar Eclipse

Just when you think nothing interesting will happen...we get this: Lunar Eclipse!


We actually had a clear night and a perfect view of the moon out of each of the boy's bedroom windows. Since it was happening close to their bedtimes we kept looking out as they got ready. Tim used his new Christmas Present Telescope for the first time. Eventually I put them to bed and turned out the lights. Then I went back to check on them a little later, and since they were still slightly awake they popped their eyes open and asked if they could take one more look.


The cool thing about eclipses, and other celestial events, is that they occur on some random-seeming schedule, and they always say when the next one is. In this case, it'll be 2010 before another total lunar eclipse of this type. I know that there is a way to figure it out based on the elliptical orbital path of the moon, earth and sun but I'm not even going to pretend that I know how to do it now. What I like about it is that each time one of us looks up at one of these, we'll remember the previous ones we saw.


And so this time when I looked up at the reddish shadow creeping across the big white cheesy moon, I sent a little wish out to space, to bounce back to the future, older versions of Mindy, Timmy and Jeffrey when they look up at one of these. Remember this! Remember when we were upstairs in our house, wearing pajamas, looking, watching. Remember what it felt like. Remeber who we were. Remember us.

7 comments:

MomForThree said...

The part I found fascinating was when you could see the curve of the earth in the shadow on the moon and the light of the sun traveling through the clouds on the earth creating what looked like a rainbow.

Rebecca Binno Savage said...

We watched it and took pictures too!

Becky and Hal

Rebecca Binno Savage said...

We watched it and took pictures too!

Becky and Hal

Aunt Kathy said...

we had a perfect view right out the kitchen window. Beautiful!

Mindy said...

I like the thought of all of us looking at that same thing at the same time.

kid_curry said...

The Shenfeld's were perched on Griffin's bed watching the eclipse and wrestling intermittently.

Heather Leigh said...

Didn't watch it, but my sister and her husband watched it while they were on a beach in Cancun, does that count?