If there’s one thing I miss at the moment, it’s taking time to look at the Moon.
After sneaking out of bed to photograph the partial penumbral eclipse on Tuesday morning, at the opposite end of the day, I stopped by to collect a friend on the way past and headed down to the beach to watch the full Moon rising.
It was a sight to behold as always, but it wasn’t until I got home that I discovered my camera was playing up and I had very few shots worth sharing. At least the following photo of the Moon light reflecting on the water is.
It’s 4:00 am and something reminds me it’s time to get out of bed. I stumble across the room and quietly close the door to our walk-in-wardrobe. Once inside, I turn on the light and get dressed, then turn the light off before opening the door and tiptoeing out of the bedroom.
I gently pull the door behind me and grab my camera and step outside. It’s cold, I didn’t grab my jumper, but I don’t have time to think about that. Up in the sky, towards the West, is my dear old friend and this morning there is a partial penumbral eclipse.
Looking east this morning, before the sky began to brighten, was the loveliest sight with Venus sitting below and to the left of the crescent Moon.
Last night we had the opportunity to see the biggest and brightest supermoon to rise in almost 69 years. The brightest because the Earth, the Sun and the Moon were in perfect alignment, and the biggest because the Moon was at the point of least distance to the Earth (perigee). It will be November 2034 before the Moon is this close again. (November 25, 2034 to be exact.)
Dean and I arrived at Peregian Beach late yesterday afternoon, approx one hour prior to moonrise, the sky was clear of cloud, magnificently magical, and we were ready for the rising of a big red orb. Sadly, as it sometimes happens, Mother Nature had other ideas and, during that hour we waited, the clouds rolled in, obscuring the horizon, and we then waited an additional 55 minutes past moonrise to get our first glimpse of the Moon.
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