I’m writing this a day after the big eclipse I had the pleasure of watching from the front steps of my home. By the time you read this Freedom Friday post, it will have been a couple of weeks from when it happened.
Apparently, from reading about the event, the lunar eclipse was not only when the moon was at its closest to the earth in over thirty years, but it also was a super blood moon. For some, the blood moon holds a sacred significance that has led many to speculate the end times is near. I’m not one of those proponents. After all, we’re still here.
The other far-reaching impact of this event is also the fact that Eastern Canada had a full view of the entire event. If you lived in places like Arizona or California, you were out of luck.
I wasn’t sure if I’d catch a view of the moon. Throughout the day, cloud covered the region and in some towns, including ours, heavy fog cast a thick layer of obstruction that would have taken a miracle to disperse, if I’d wanted to actually witness the event.
Surprisingly, a few minutes after ten o’clock, the clouds separated, and there, in the sky where it rested, the moon in its full glory disappeared in earth’s shadow. My family and I were in awe of the event. While everyone was taking photos, I stood there enjoying the view with my mouth open. For the first time, I didn’t feel the need to capture the moment with my camera. I simply wanted to experience the moment instead.
If you’ve ever seen a lunar eclipse, then you will know what it’s like. A solar eclipse happens when the moon sits between the sun and the earth casting a shadow on the sun. A lunar eclipse, on the other hand, occurs when the earth sits between the sun and the moon casting a shadow on the moon.
The great thing about the evening was I could enjoy the moment without the use of any aids such as a telescope. The other thing I liked about it was the temperature outside was mild enough that all I needed was a T-shirt to stay comfortable.
For this event, I saw how the shadow slowly began creeping on the moon until a sliver of light penetrated the moon’s surface. As the whole thing took place, I could also see traces of red opposite the sliver. In all honesty, I’ve never seen anything like it in all my life. It really was a remarkable sight.
By the time earth’s shadow covered the moon, I was in awe. The moon had become a big red ball in the sky giving a performance I would have never imagined possible, even if I had planned the whole thing myself.
Overall, the evening was something I will remember for the rest of my life, not only in content, but also with how I had my dear family by my side sharing the moment.
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Had you seen the lunar eclipse of September 27, 2015? If so, what did you think of it?