I have always loved the night sky. I love sitting out on a summer night and gazing up at the stars and seeing the patterns of the constellations or looking for planets or satellites. There is something about it that makes me feel peaceful and contented. That all is right in the world.
A couple of days ago there was an event in the sky that is quite rare. There was a super blood moon eclipse. It was a really cool happening because the moon was as close to the earth as it ever gets so it looked bigger than ever, and there was an eclipse, and the shadow of the earth over the moon gave it a red appearance, hence the term, blood moon.
I decided I wanted to go somewhere and watch the eclipse, so my son Ryan and I packed up a couple of chairs, a thermos of hot chocolate, some snacks and a couple of blankets and drove over to the local high school and set up. Other people arrived and sat or stood in various places around the field, and waited. The air was quite cool and the sky was clear. Perfect conditions.
For the first hour we were there we couldn't see anything. So we talked and laughed and sipped our hot chocolate. We watched the little kids that were there running around and chasing each other and playing tag with their Dad. We chatted with a couple of people sitting near us who were also waiting. And we wondered if we were in the right place. Would we be able to see it from this position?
Then finally, there it was. We could see it. Well, we could sort of see it. By the time the moon rose in the sky high enough for us to see, it was almost fully eclipsed and not that visible. And though it had a slightly red hue, it wasn't the dramatic blood red that I was expecting. We watched for quite awhile as the moon continued its path up and across the sky before we decided to head back home.
Overall, I found the whole eclipse cool, but kind of anticlimactic. But, if I had it to do over, I would go again. Do you know why? Because I was there with my son. Because we had a chance to share an experience together, even one that didn't turn out to be super exciting. We had a chance to connect and I want to continue looking for those opportunities.
The next super blood moon isn't until 2033 so who knows what will be happening in our lives then. I think it would be pretty cool though if Ryan and I could get together 18 years from now and watch it again.