Lunar Eclipse

Super moon or blood moon as some call it. Scientists don't refer to it as a blood moon as it's not a scientific term. Blood Moon is far more appealing to the melodramatic in me. It sounds ominous, like a thinly veiled threat of something terrible to come.

I think it's possible that the term came to describe total lunar eclipses because of the reddish color the eclipsed moon takes on during totality. This happens because of Rayleigh scattering, the same mechanism that causes colorful sunrises and sunsets. Not as dramatic as my version but infinitely more accurate.

 Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse

C'est la vie. I love this kind of event. Yes, I struck the days off my virtual calendar. As a teenager, I would spend countless nights watching the skies, fascinated with the twinkling universe above me. I always imagined I would be an astronomer and whilst I have worked in a multitude of disciplines, not one of those came close to studying the stars. Instead, I now try to reach for them.

Artists are always trying to perfect things, I must learn when to leave things well alone. This needs no help, no tweaking. Just pure appreciation and drink in the view.

Best enjoyed with a few glasses of port, and plenty of blankets to snuggle under and that's just what we did.