Thursday, 25 April 2013

A partial eclipse of the moon...

Tonight sees a partial eclipse of the moon. Or it doesn't. Depending on where you live.


From Yahoo News

It won't be visible to those of you in North or South America. But if you live in the Eastern Hemisphere you might get a glimpse of it between 20.54 BST and 21.21 BST.

According to National Geographic, this eclipse will be spectacular for being so unspectacular. It's the second shortest partial eclipse of the 21st century. There'll be no moon glowing red, nor will the world be plunged into impenetrable darkness. The full moon will have a small chunk missing from its disc, and that's pretty much it. If it's a cloudy night with an invisible moon the whole event be even less spectacular!


Everyday Life on a Shoestring celebrates the beauty of the unspectacular, so we think you should indulge in a spot of star gazing tonight if you happen to remember, whether it's cloudy or not! 

We've mentioned the night sky before here, here and here, and last year I pointed you in the direction of Mooncup's excellent free 2012 lunar calendar. I had trouble printing out the 2013 version, so I downloaded an alternative calendar here. It's slightly superior - the format is an A4 sheet per month, and it allows you to choose your location, with details of sunrise and sunset times and notifications of lunar eclipses etc. I'm old fashioned so I like a hard copy, but of course there are plenty of online equivalents, and smart phones probably tell you this stuff as a matter of course. 

Whether you track the moon or not, and however you do it or not, a partial eclipse is worth looking out of the window for. 


“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” Wisdom from Oscar Wilde, hand-lettered by Lisa Congdon (previously), who knows a thing or two about illustrating timeless life-advice.
Hand lettering by Lisa Congdon
from http://exp.lore.com/
(Check out artist Lisa Congdon's wonderful 365 days of hand lettering here for more beautifully hand lettered quotes.)



6 comments:

  1. My husband has a telescope and we used to track all of these kinds of events. Maybe it's time to get back into it. Hope it's not cloudy for your eclipse.

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    1. Unfortunately, despite the sunny weather we've been having during the days here, it was too cloudy in the evening to see it :-( I think there's a penumbral eclipse coming up in the summer that you should be able to see...

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  2. I am with you on celebrating the unspectacular daily miracle of living. It's all just so amazing in its everyday ordinariness..

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    1. Quite so. Invisible, unspectacular partial eclipses and all!

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  3. Too bad that you missed it. I was randomly outside when a partial eclipse happened on a clear night once and it was pretty cool :)

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    1. I guessed there was a fair chance it would be cloudy so I wasn't too disappointed!

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