I’ve always been intrigued by the night sky and have fond memories of sleeping outside under heaven’s canopy watching for falling stars.
In college I took an Astronomy course and the best part was our visit to the rooftop to look at the Universe through a giant telescope. I’ll never forget the first time I saw Saturn – we didn’t use the word back then but I can definitely say today it was AWESOME! A brilliant, creamy orb hanging on nothing, surrounded by magnificent rings. The clarity was what struck me the most – I guess I was expecting something like the grainy pictures I had seen in books back then.
Too bad I can’t show you pictures of that. Instead you’ll have to settle for pictures of the moon.
The first set were taken last Halloween. After putting candy out for trick or treaters – they didn’t come and we’re still eating candy – I went outside to capture the Super Moon as it rose above the trees, freeing itself from their grip.
Since this was also called a Blue Moon, I took the liberty to make it appear so.
The second set of pictures is from a lunar eclipse the year before where you can see the earth’s shadow creep over the moon’s face. Lunar eclipses are not that rare and can usually be observed once or twice a year in the Northwest, weather permitting.
A solar eclipse on the other hand is rare – when the moon passes in front of the sun, temporarily turning day into night. We got to see one in Seattle on August 21, 2017, the first visible total eclipse since 1979.
We drove to Alki Beach and watched the show with others gathered there. They shared their solar glasses with us and I cast a few looks directly at the sun as the moon inched across its face. Even with the glasses on I was nervous about it and didn’t look long.
We were not in the path of totality but were close enough to enjoy the event. As the light dimmed, a mysterious darkness fell and the temperature dropped.
I took a few pictures around 10:20 a.m., the time when the sun was 92% covered by the moon, the maximum we would have in our location.
It was a real treat and I hope to see another in my lifetime.
Inspired by Sunday Stills, photo challenge, Night.