We had both set our alarms, but didn’t need them. In the dark we rolled out of bed, and I threw on a sweater and slippers, grabbed an afghan and the baby monitor. We quietly let ourselves outside and walked to the backyard. The Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse was beginning! Jon grabbed us each a lawn chair and we huddled together, watching the sky. The sky was clearer than I ever remember seeing it here on the edge of town. With almost no effort I recognized Orion and the Little Dipper. There were some stars so bright… were they planets? Planes, satellites, a shooting star, and what I’m pretty sure was a UFO all made their way across the brilliant sky. It’s a busy place up there.
To be honest, when we decided to wake up and check out the blood moon, I anticipated stepping outside and saying, “oh that’s cool, back to sleep.” But we sat there for nearly an hour. Jon grabbed us an extra blanket. We contemplated making coffee but decided it would cool off too quickly, so we just sat there, huddled under blankets and the universe. Looking back, I probably should have worn some type of sweatshirt or coat without holes in it. (I love chunky sweaters, but…).
It was so peaceful. The moon was red, to be sure, and although it didn’t change as much as I expected it to over the hour, it was beautiful. It was fun just to sit there together, watching God’s amazing creation doing something rare. We heard the world start waking up around us, and slowly the stars began to disappear from the sky as dawn approached.
After nearly an hour, we were chilled enough to leave our planetarium to go back inside. But still we went back out and checked on it several times… The moon turned from red to blue and the bottom of the it mostly disappeared. A brilliant sliver of silver light reflected on the top. It was… eclipsed, you might say. Stunning.
After getting a little toast, coffee, and a couple fried eggs into me, I’m now mostly thawed.
I left both my phone and camera inside initially, and as I sat out there I decided that instead of running back in to get them, I would just take in the moments fully for myself, instead of looking through a lens. When I went back out, however, I did take the photo below of the end of the eclipse as the moon set over the farm. It’s sort of amazing how terribly the camera captured it. But that really only increases the beauty of what I saw, because I saw it for myself…