Morning Moon

April 4, 2015

bloodmoon1A few high clouds and a small bit of drifting ground fog this early Saturday on California’s north coast — a semi-clear sunrise, but this close to the Pacific Ocean’s windward ways could/will quickly alter that scenario (I betcha!) in just a short-space of awhile.
Supposedly, a nice-sized rain system due sometimes maybe this evening, or early tomorrow, throw in some possible ‘thunderstorms’ for good measure and we could see the wet stuff on-and-off until the middle of next week.

Although I did spot the moon earlier, missed the eclipse.

(Illustration found here).

In case you didn’t see/hear, there was what’s called¬†a total lunar eclipse this morning, the whole show visible only to us Left Coasters, as sunrise spoiled the drama going eastward — supposedly starting just before 5 a.m., but lasting only five minutes. One of those, ‘snooze-you-loose’ things, literally.
I was up early enough, and popped a glance at the sky as coffee perked, a normal moon hung lowish-southwestward, but was covered by clouds a short time later, and stayed covered.

Odd, there wasn’t any single report via local news outlets about the event. Especially when there’s a decent chance of viewing it from up here in northern California, and even-more especially here on the coast, where fog keeps us from ever seeing celestial shit.
And a ‘blood moon,’ too, although the phrase “blood moon” is scientifically dumb — a phenomenon that happens every total eclipse (the red hue comes from the moon dipping into the earth’s umbra, or deepest part of the planet’s shadow),and in the case this morning,¬†the shortest one this century.
More info at NASA (pdf).

And on into the weekend…

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