Tonight was a total eclipse of the moon. This is the last one for my area until 2010. I wrote it off because it is February and I really didn't expect it to be clear. The forecast was for cloudy skies.
After work, I headed for the grocery store to pick up some items for tonight's dinner. Paella - I had to start using the 3 pounds of Italian rice that I bought at Costco. As I rolled my shopping cart back to the car, I looked up and realized that the skies had cleared. "I will be able to see the eclipse", I thought.
When I got home I checked on the web for the times. For the Pacific coast, the eclipse would start around 5:30. The full eclipse the moon would happen at 7:01 and last for 55 minutes. I got the paella going, grabbed the tripod and set up the camera.
The clouds were lying low along the horizon and foothills to the east. I could see nothing at 6:15pm other than a faint aura of moonlight due east. Would it clear the clouds in time. 6:25... nothing... 6:30... nothing.
Whoa! there it was. The lower half was starting to darken. I stood shivering in the cold while snapping pictures. It was so real and mesmerizing.
At 7:01 the last sliver of disappeared and the moon turned into a glassy globe radiating red. After dinner, I sneaked out and slowly a sliver reappeared. It is now a glassy white globe shinning silverly light on the neighborhood.
Ah the wonder of nature.
And for everyone who can not say "Total Eclipse...." without thinking about Bonnie Tyler, here is "Total Eclipse of the Heart"