There is a phenomenon I have noticed recently.
I refer to the strange excitement that hits the meeja when the Moon does something that it has been doing for millennia.
Every so often we get breathless announcements of a forthcoming “super moon” just because the Moon’s orbit brings it a bit closer to Earth. If it came closer by a couple of hundred thousand miles it might be exciting but generally it’s just the Moon, where it should be, up in the sky.
Then of course there are eclipses. Wow! The excitement.
Today they are getting really wound up because not only is it a “Super Moon” but it’s going to be a total eclipse which of course means it’s a “Blood Moon” because it will appear to be reddish in colour. So it is now a “Super Blood Moon”. But it’s happening in Spring so it’s a “Super Flower Blood Moon”. Be still my beating heart. I can barely contain my anticipation.
Apparently if I want to see this phenomenon I have to be at the top of a mountain around dawn. The chances of my climbing a mountain in the dark tomorrow morning are somewhat slim so I think I’ll do the decent thing and sleep through the entire event [at ground level]. I’ll leave it up to the Instagram and Farcebook mob to astound the world with their incredible pictures.
I’m not impressed with Lunar Eclipses as you may have gathered. Solar Eclipses are a different matter as there is something rather unsettling about night falling in the middle of the day. You don’t even have to look at the eclipse to feel the effects. I remember that last big one as I was walking across the RTE campus when suddenly the light dimmed. It was a surreal feeling.
As for tomorrow’s “event”, I’m sure if I do a search on the Interwebs I will find lots of photographs of “Super Flower Blood Moons”.
I have just saved myself some needless exercise.