“We ran as if to meet the moon.” ~ Robert Frost
January 31, 2018. Waking up at 5:30a to go see a moon event may not seem like a fun thing to do for 21st century teenagers. Somehow, I was able to talk them into it. This is the second full moon of the month, a blue moon.
We drive out to a spot on the outskirts of town where the blinding lights of the Houston skyline minimally polluted the sky. Mom set up the tripod and begins shooting with the 600mm lens; the moon in its perigee looks beautiful and large on the horizon.
This is a super moon.
As the moon aligns with the sun and earth on the end where earth’s shadow looms, the lunar eclipse begins to envelope the moon, preumbra. Last year, the moon was in between the sun and the earth, a solar eclipse; That event is still fresh in our memory; it preceded epic flooding in Houston by only a handful of days.
This is a lunar eclipse.
It wouldn’t be long before the light of the dawn would wash out what would be a blood orange umbra to those viewing hundreds of miles to our west. In the Houston area, it’s more of a peach moon.
But it’s a blood moon nevertheless.
We stayed long enough to watch as earth’s satellite faded with the sunrise and disappeared completely from view, obscured by the morning’s rays.
Bye bye, Super Blue Blood Moon. Glad we got to see you with our own eyes in our own lifetimes.
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