It snowed in Chicago, rained in LA, and was cloudy all over a lot of the US, which means even though I wanted to get up at 1AM to check out the coolest thing ever, I couldn’t. Not to mention I live in a damned city where I’d never see it anyway. Point is, last night was total lunar eclipse and I couldn’t watch it. The last time the solstice coincided with a total lunar eclipse on the same calendar day was 1638.
I remember my dad making me check out Halley’s Comet, when I didn’t really care so much. I remember the Hale-Bopp Comet (I was at an SCA event, and pointed it out to everyone, who shut up and stared in awe). I remember making pin-hole boxes to ‘watch’ a solar eclipse when I was in grammar school.
There’s something awe inspiring about these ‘random’ effects of nature that are totally explainable by science and can be predicted. They’re just cool.
Anyway. If you, like me, got screwed over by the weather, NASA has a bailout! NASAJPL’s I’m There: Lunar Eclipse Group is a Flickr group where people uploaded photos of the eclipse. A lot are standard photos of the moon, but here are a few of my favorites.