August 21 was a day that captured the attention of the entire United States. Yes, for a little while, we would be in total darkness! And we would be in awe the whole time!
But, not all of us lived in or were close to the “path of totality” of the total solar eclipse. Fortunately for me, I wasn’t too far away and a good friend lived right smack in the middle of it, in Westmoreland, Tennessee. Better still, he owned a nice bit of land with a great view in all directions and the weather was clear blue skies!
This is just as the moon was about to cover the Sun. It literally took about 15 seconds from beginning to block the Sun until fully blocking it.
What a spectacular day it was!
Even when I was a kid, I’ve always had a fascination with the moon. It’s up there and it seems so close!
(Taken by me in August 29, 2015)
On Sunday it’ll be extra BIG because it’s so close in its orbit around Earth, so it’ll be a Super Moon. And, it will also be a total lunar eclipse that will be best viewable in the eastern half of the U.S. This image shows the various viewing zones on earth.
And, this video will help!
Anticipating this Super Moon and lunar eclipse, I decided to take a few pictures tonight, through a hazy sky.
And, there is no truth to the rumor that my Sweetheart, my fiancée, was seen riding a great white shark across the face of the moon, as far as anyone can tell.
Two nights ago, I was supposed to be in the perfect location to view and photograph the fantastic moonrise over Cincinnati. However, strong thunderstorms decided to upset those plans, so I remained indoors and dry. But, it was only a little more than two hours later, around 10 PM, that the clouds were clearing out and I’d be able to take a somewhat “super moon” pic or two. I wasn’t disappointed.
In four weeks, there will be a real “Super Moon” which is when the moon is closest to earth in it’s yearly orbit and directly after the full moon will be a total lunar eclipse which will be visible over the Eastern/Central U.S. Yes, we are in the perfect place for this coming total lunar eclipse, when only lights from earth will light up the moon, because the earth will block the Sun’s light and the moon will glow an orangish color. I can’t wait!
If you’re going to take a picture of a full moon, what would be better than an owl, a creature of the night, highlighting that picture? So, without further ado, owls and full moons!
Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!
What a beautiful creature!
I’ve taken a “leave of absence” to take a little better care of me.
You see, I’m disabled due to injuries suffered in 1977, when I was in the U.S. Marine Corps and a few years ago, those injuries decided to haunt me. I won’t get into the details, but there were a few times that I was close to death. I didn’t die! That just means I’ve been given more time to haunt my friends. What else are they good for anyways, right?
But this past Polar Vortex winter was really tough on me and I was a complete shut-in for most of it and that’s not a good thing. In any case, I’m back to … “normal”, whatever that would be. And, I’m nothing but trouble to those who actually love me. Of course, I love them, too!
So, this is a really great video of the moon, a really nice full moon, rising and people in the distance being the silhouette. So, watch it and enjoy it. It’s about 3 1/2 minutes long and there’s some music with it.
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Super-Moon!
Is this incredible? I’ve never seen a photo of the moon looking like this!
Is this jetliner orbiting the moon?
I’m half-expecting to see the kids from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial flying through this moon on their bikes!
And this one reminds me of a Tom Hanks movie, Joe Versus The Volcano!
There are so many beautiful places on this Earth of ours.
From north (like Norway) …
To south (like Brazil) …
And from east (like Cherry Blossom Lake in Japan) …
To west (like this Wisconsin sunset)
This is a beautiful Earth we live on!
Continuing the “outer space” theme of the moment, this is called the Rosette Nebula, and you can see why.
And, this is the Red Rose of Saturn, which is a huge storm on the planet.
If you’re like me, you might be a casual fan of astronomy.
I love learning a little bit more about something in the cosmos and the amazing beauty in our universe.
So, tomorrow night, there will be what’s called a Super Moon.
And, this is a helpful video that can explain the details. Enjoy!
Of course, how would you see the sunset from above the clouds if you didn’t take the stairway?
This is Mount Ai-Petri, in Crimea, Ukraine, and what an amazing view!
This is called Arp 81 (thanks to NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day – http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html ) and it is two galaxies colliding.
Yes, that’s correct, two entire galaxies, each containing billions of stars, are colliding with each other.
The two galaxies are called NGC 6622 (left) and NGC 6621 (right).
Eventually, say in a few hundred million years, these two galaxies will become one much larger galaxy.
Fortunately for us, since they’re 280 million light-years from us, we have nothing to worry about.
This is called a “Wolf-Rayet” star, WR 124.
Thanks to NASA’s “Astronomy Picture Of The Day” website for this and many other fantastic space images.
Part of their description of this star is:
“Some stars explode in slow motion. Rare, massive Wolf-Rayet stars are so tumultuous and hot that they slowly disintegrating right before our telescopes. Glowing gas globs each typically over 30 times more massive than the Earth are being expelled by violent stellar winds.”
Violent, perhaps. But also amazingly beautiful!
This is an iconic photo by the Hubble Space Telescope called the “Pillars of Creation”, the Eagle Nebula picture taken many years ago and always worth sharing.
You might get lucky and see a gorgeous sunset over an ocean.
But, one featuring a partial eclipse at the same time?
That’s a once-in-a-lifetime event!
This amazing image is the Butterfly Nebula.
And these are, well, butterflies.
But, you have to appreciate the beauty, whether here on Earth, or in the heavens above.