It is só unpredictable, or should I call that predictable? It is never what you want it to be! You really need a clear sky; it looks good, it seems to stay good, and then… The ”moment suprème”: Clouds, mist, heavy overcast!
Why does it matter?
Well, I was seriously planning to stay awake all night last night to be able to observe the lunar eclipse. I am a moon-girl. I love the full moon, I feel extra good when the moon is full. On a good summer-night I take my horse out riding when the full moon is out. And when the sky is clear (guess how often that happens in the Netherlands)
And not only a full eclipse, but also a unique stellar conjunction, such as we’ll never see again in our lifetime!
So, everything seemed auspicious: a full moon, a fifty minute window around 04.00, camera and stand at the ready, clear sky, had made a test-photo: looking good! I thought I’d treat you’all on a nice red moon. And you will guess: at 02.20 am: overcast, mist, absolutely nothing!
And the next lunar-eclipse is in 2010!!!
So, I went to bed, by that time it was 03.00 am. I’m dead tired and have a headache and I stole this photo from ”Nasa Astronomy Picture of the day”. It is by Johannes Schedler and much better than anything I could have made.
This is what we missed, from todays’ Astronomy Picture of the day:
Credit & Copyright: Jerry Lodriguss (Catching the Light) Explanation: Moon watchers blessed with clear skies over the Americas, Europe, Africa and western Asia enjoyed a total lunar eclipse this week. Catching eclipsed moonlight, astroimager Jerry Lodriguss offers this view of the inspiring celestial event with the shadowed Moon accompanied by wandering planet Saturn at the left, and bright Regulus, alpha star of the constellation Leo, above. The engaging composite picture was made by combining a filtered, telephoto image of the Moon and surrounding starfield with a telescopic exposure. The combination dramatizes the reddened moonlight while clearly showing the variation of brightness and color in Earth’s not-so-dark shadow across the lunar surface.