Last night I set my alarm for 4:30 a.m. so that we could watch the lunar eclipse. The eclipse was actually not supposed to start until 5:15 a.m., but I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss any of it. When the alarm went off, I groaned, dragged myself out of bed, and stumbled downstairs to make coffee. I actually only had about an hour of sleep because my thoughts were buzzing and I had trouble getting to sleep. I was very tired, but I love celestial events and was determined not to miss this one.
EJ woke up when I came downstairs. At about 5 a.m., I woke JJ up. When we went outside, the sky was completely clear, which was a treat. Because of the Great Lakes, clouds often prevent us from enjoying eclipses and meteorite showers. We stood in our driveway and we could see the moon just above some trees. I was afraid the trees would block the moon as it sank and we discussed walking to the field at the edge of town where we’d have an unhindered view, but the moon slid between two trees so we were able to watch it all from our driveway.
Ever since Little Bear got outside a few weeks ago, he keeps trying to escape. If the door is open, he makes his break and zooms into the great outdoors. He also opens the door if it’s not latched securely. Little Bear escaped last night when JJ went back inside and forgot to pull the door all the way shut. Let me tell you, it’s not easy to capture a black cat on a very dark lunar eclipse night, but I finally managed it and shut our rebellious cat back inside.
We watched the earth’s shadow nibble away at light of the moon and then turn it blood red. We each brought out binoculars so we could look at the moon more clearly. Through the binoculars we were also able to see the aqua ring around the moon that we had read might be possible. I took pictures, trying various settings on my camera and also using the binocular camera. I do not have an expensive camera with filters and lenses so my pictures are not as awesome as others, but it was fun anyway. JJ was very tired so he stayed only long enough for the moon to begin to turn red and not for the full eclipse. Then he went back to bed. EJ and I watched the full eclipse. We stayed outside until 7 a.m. when the sun began to lighten the eastern sky. We had read that the sun and moon would set at the very same time, but we were not in a place where we could see the horizon. As dawn approached, the temps got colder so when it grew too cold for our light jackets we went back inside and to bed. We all slept until about 11 a.m.
It was an awesome experience.