I’m a student of astronomy. I have my own telescope, great astronomy software – Starry Night – and look forward to those “special events” when they happen. Unfortunately, what seems like 99% of the time, it’s overcast when they occur by me. Case in point – the “Blood Moon” lunar eclipse that occurred the other night. When I learned of the impending eclipse, my first thought was, “Overcast”. And, sure enough, it was. And raining.
I saw and photographed a lunar eclipse once – in 1989. That’s when I took the photograph above. And probably the last time the sky wasn’t overcast. (Actually I’m kidding with that comment. I did also photograph Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997. THAT was the last time the skies weren’t overcast.)
I’m kicking myself because I didn’t set up my powerful telescope before I went out on the back patio at 12:30am and watched it. (Didn’t want to turn on the patio light because it most likely would wake my husband.) Now if you moved out to Arizona, you’d get 98% “sunny-nights” each year – it was so beautiful the other night!
I felt so small observing that magnificent night sky! I couldn’t help but ponder Psalm 8:4 which asks, “what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” What an awesome God I serve! Thanks for this amazing photo, blessings,
April 16, 2014 at 2:43 pm
Happy you liked the photo. Yes, you guys have a lot of clear, and dark, skies. By dark, I mean, lacking “light pollution” caused by the cities. Took some nighttime photos when I’ve visited the west in the past. Here’s one I posted back in 2009 with a story. I told my son that when I go back to Arches National Park, I’m still taking some night shots but I’m going to be REAL close to my car.
April 16, 2014 at 3:38 pm