1. Onamission5 says

    It’s perfect eclipse viewing weather here. Well, except for the 15 degree temps! The kids and I keep running out the front door to crane our necks up, ooh and ah, then running right back in again.

  2. ridana says

    Couldn’t see the eclipse because clouds, but it’s clear now and holy shit is Venus huge this morning! Like go-looking-for-mangers bright. At least I think it’s Venus…and Saturn? I can’t read a star map on the web to save my life.

  3. says

    Same here, we had a thin layer of clouds that allowed us to see the moon and watch as the sky dragon took bites out of it, but when it was supposed to be red it was more hazy/blotchy.

    I’m sure if those clouds hadn’t interfered, I’d be a super bloody werewolf today. So disappointed.

  4. Ed Seedhouse says

    Technically of course a “Lunar Eclipse” isn’t really an eclipse. A proper eclipse occurs when one body passes in front of another body such that the body passing in front has an equal or larger angular diameter than the more distant one, so that the distant body is hidden.

    If the closer body has a smaller angular diameter it is not an eclipse, but a transit.

    Your regular Solar eclipse is a true eclipse unless it is a so called “annular eclipse”, in which case it should, if technicalities be preserved, a transit.

    In a “Lunar eclipse” the moon is not hidden by another closer body at all. Alas the names were decided upon before the underlying mechanism were well understood, so we are stuck with them. A Lunar eclipse should properly be called a Lunar veiling or something similar if we used language logically.

    The other day I watched an old episode of NCIS LA on the TV and they were prattling on about Mercury being in retrograde and therefore bad things were about to happen. Mercury can never be in retrograde and neither is Venus, for obvious reasons. Plus, of course, astrology is bunk.