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January 19, 2019


As usual, we will be under cloud cover so we won't witness the astronomical event. Seriously, a FB "friend" in Vermont (who I met once at a blogmeet back in the 90's) and I compete to see who can be first to post on FB the fact that once again, we won't be seeing the delights in the sky.

PS - Not that I would see most events anyway since being up at midnight when I have to be up at 3:30 in the morning would not happen (on purpose anyway).

Bogie--I'm sorry that you're missing the show. No place is perfect, but has its trade-offs. You get the beautiful scenery and I got the clear skies for tonight's show. It is now 10:50pm. "Total Lunar Eclipse, in Wichita. Begins: Sun, Jan 20, 2019 at 8:36 pm. Maximum: Sun, Jan 20, 2019 at 11:12 pm 1.20 Magnitude. Ends: Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 1:48 am." I started watching at 10:30 pm. Unfortunately, I didn't think to ask Jason to turn off the lights that he keeps on all night - that light up his (and our) back yard. Of course, Kanaga's light from across the street lights up our woods, front and side yards.

My 10X binoculars are giving me a good view, though. Your dad has already been asleep for an hour. He didn't feel well, today - headache, mostly.

After the show - There I stood on the back step outside the garage (the step that I built with concrete pavers) in my nightgown (I had, you understand, hopped out of bed for this "adventure"), a hoodie, and my walking shoes (no socks), leaning against the storm door to help stabilize me. (The 10X binoculars are stabilized, but as badly as my hands shake, I needed all the help I could get.) The air was clear and crisp - just a few degrees below freezing. Orion was beautiful in his astral majesty, striding across the sky, hunting for who-knows-what?

Of course, the moon was gorgeous - looked like all the other gorgeous total eclipses that I've seen over the years, except this time I was sensitive to looking for the "blue band" (which I would call an arc). I'm looking forward to stealing photos from those who are talented in taking photos. I shan't remain up for the end of the show.

Watched all of the totality at dawn today in Germany as I may not get another chance, the next similar one being in 9 years.

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