Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The (near-total) eclipse of 20 March 2015

From Newcastle upon Tyne (my garden)


Anonymous said...

A snippet from LDS missionary life:

Missionaries have a strict 10pm bedtime. One night there was a lunar eclipse to be seen, and I wasn't about to pass it up. I talked another missionary into staying up until midnight thirty or so. We climbed up onto the roof and sat up there chatting about Important Things while we awaited the eclipse to become dramatic enough to notice by the naked eye. A cloud bank was coming gradually across the sky which would have ruined our effort. Fortunately, the eclipse reached its glorious totality—and then, in a sudden and dramatic display of weather, the sky _closed_ the rest of the way and the show was definitely over.

I interpreted this then and now as a divine wink—and then a sharp, "Get to bed!" Something I appreciate more as a parent.

Lovely photos.


Bruce Charlton said...

@rb - Thanks. This eclipse was only total up near Iceland, but it was total enough to get pretty dark.