For all your lunar events

Lynn’s thoughts on the Humongous Moon Thing from earlier this week:

I did watch the lunar eclipse Sunday night. Not quite the whole event though. Eclipses are both exciting and boring at the same time. They’re very slow. Our modern entertainments have conditioned us to expect things to happen quickly. But eclipses are exciting because … well, it’s hard to explain. It’s like I’m more aware of the reality of the solar system. We’ve all seen the diagrams and the models and it’s not that I ever doubted the reality; I didn’t, but when one object in space casts a shadow on another it really feels real. You know what I mean?

Yep. Textbooks, for all their wondrous detail — assuming they have wondrous detail — can only allow you to experience so much. At six or at sixty, your reaction is much the same, even if it’s not phrased this way: “Holy crap, it’s actually doing it!”

This, though, I’m not so sure about:

I was watching it alone and you really need to watch eclipses with someone else. They should be shared. While I was standing in my driveway looking at the moon I could hear the neighbors in their back yard talking and I was a little envious. I thought about how my mother would have enjoyed watching the eclipse and wished she was there. I also thought that people should have eclipse parties. Not us. We don’t really have any close friends, and family are all too far away to come to an event that late at night. But eclipse parties should definitely be a thing.

But aren’t they “slow?”

I do like the idea of shared experiences, but I’m way short on available sharers at the moment. Maybe things will pick up for the solar eclipse in August 2017.


  1. McGehee »

    2 October 2015 · 8:58 am

    When the two populations of cats in our house finally began to mingle since we started leaving the door to the basement stairs open — something we’d never gotten around to while my late mother-in-law was still with us — I found myself wanting to text somebody about it, but when m-i-l left us she didn’t take her phone.

    That’s when I realized how accustomed I’d gotten to sharing experiences with her while she was living here.

    The later stages of her illness may also explain why I’ve resumed blogging, sort of — she wasn’t as able to interact with us as she’d used to.

  2. backwoods conservative »

    2 October 2015 · 4:11 pm

    I’m looking forward to the solar eclipse of 2017. My house is in the path of totality. I won’t have to go anywhere to see it. I may, however, consider viewing it elsewhere in order to be in the company of some of my stargazing friends.

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