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Light’s Out! December 21, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, Nature.

If you missed the lunar eclipse last night because:

A. You live in the Southern Hemisphere
B.  Clouds obscured your view
C.  Sleep prevailed over stargazing as your activity of choice or necessity
D.  “What lunar eclipse?”

Enjoy . . .

For the rest of the article and some illuminating lunar photos:  Winter Solstice Delivers Lunar Eclipse

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1. linda - December 21, 2010

Now I sort of wish I had stayed up to see it. That was nice. Thanks for posting it.

nrhatch - December 21, 2010

I watched it from 2 am until 3:17 am. Awe inspiring.

The best part for us was the prominence of the stars in the much darker sky. It’s amazing how much light the moon reflects back to us on an average night. And how black the canvas becomes once the lunar light is doused.

2. Cindy - December 21, 2010

What a lovely experience for you and your BFF, really super!

nrhatch - December 21, 2010

Indeed. We’ve enjoyed some spectacular shows by gazing at the night sky ~ and last night the stars did not pale in the light of the moon.

3. M. Howalt - December 21, 2010

Wow. Beautiful! Thanks for posting it. 🙂

nrhatch - December 21, 2010

You’re welcome. Quite the resplendent event.

4. Carol Ann Hoel - December 21, 2010

Thank you for sharing. That was awesome! To think that we sleep through such happenings unaware. Blessings to you…

nrhatch - December 21, 2010

I’m glad I managed to stay awake. It will be an early night tonight.


5. tsuchigari - December 21, 2010

I messed up which night it was thinking it would be tonight, but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway – it snowed all last night so it wouldn’t have been visible anyway! Thanks for the vid!

nrhatch - December 21, 2010

We lucked out, having a cloudless sky as a backdrop. Glad you enjoyed the “instant replay.”

6. Judson - December 22, 2010

I was in a small town near Mexico City in the early 90s when we were in the direct path of a total solar eclipse. I’ve never seen anything quite so impressive. In a matter of minutes in the middle of a sunny afternoon, the sky went completely black. The moon crossed in front of the sun and all the stars were shining as if it were midnight! This was a perectly spiritual expreience that I will never forget!

— Judson

nrhatch - December 22, 2010

I saw a solar eclipse years ago, in the 70’s, but believe it was not “total.” The sky grew dark~er, but not as black as night.

We made special viewers that allowed us to watch without burning our retinas.

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