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.
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!
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!
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.