Weather or not, lunar eclipse tonight!

Weather or not, lunar eclipse tonight!

It doesn’t look good for eclipse -viewing. It has been a day of rain, wind, and even graupel!  As I write this, snow is falling, clinging  like blossoms on the spring trees.

 And the forecast? Disappointing. Overcast, no breaks in the clouds. I could say, there will be another total lunar eclipse in October, the second of the four blood moons in two years. Should I write more about them?  Yes, but not tonight.

Here  is the post  I wrote about the full moon tonight.  Weather permitting, it was supposed to be visible here.

“Weather permitting”  is the operative phrase–and for skywatching, it’s particularly challenging–the city lights, and  all too often cloudy conditions.

Fortunately, there are other ways to watch the sky.  NASA is offering a live webcast starting at 10pm Eastern time. You can see Mars at its closes approach to Earth in years, too.

Here is the link to the webcast, courtesy of

There is a Zen saying, “reflected in water, the moon does not get wet.”  Go out and marvel at the snow that will melt away tomorrow. Forget the wind and rain. Tonight we can see the moon, whatever the weather.



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  • Your link needs help; apparently too many http_s in it. Anyway, I found the site.

    It also wasn't clear that if the 2 a.m. EDT meant 1 a.m. here, or some other time, but I can't stay up that late.

    As for weather permitting, I just looked out, and there was a foggy full moon in the ESE sky.

    In another weather related story, structural work that was supposed to be done on my condo finally (after 20 months) started today. The contractor asked "is that alright," and I said it was supposed to be 28 degrees. He pulled out his smart phone and said Weather Channel said 40. But, wouldn't you know it, it started snowing, but the crew got my patio doors in before it started to stick, so I guess I dodged one.

  • Thanks, Jack! I fixed the link. Glad you could see the full moon, anyway. It's too overcast, here. But the snow is luminous.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Snow here is just puffy on the grass. But still too cold for this time of year. On the other hand, I was somewhere else that got maybe 10 inches on May 10. Don't remember which year, though. A history book claimed that they got snow all year when Krakatoa went off (1816?). Farmers defaulted on their land contracts and went from upstate NY to places in Michigan with the same names.

  • In reply to jack:

    Good morning, Jack! Sun on melting snow, here. Yes, Krakatoa really affected the weather, and sunsets. The Year without a summer? Painters were inspired, anyway. (Turner and Munch come to mind) Correction--Munch,yes. Turner, no. (He was painting at the time of Vesuvius or Etna eruptions, though)

    There's a great book by Simon Winchester about Krakatoa.

    And, it's snowing in Manitoba.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack, it was 1883. Wikipedia says its explosion was the loudest sound recorded in modern history.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    AW, have you read Winchester's book? It's wonderful. Thanks to telegraph communication, news of the eruption reached London in just 5 hours!

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    That wasn't the eruption to which I was referring, as the upstate New Yorkers were forced out by their English landlords, who still owned the property after the Revolution.

    Research indicates that I might have had the wrong volcano, as Tambora was implicated. But 1816 was characterized in both the history book and the cited source as "the year without a summer."

  • There are some more coming up, yes? We can catch it then!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    The moon will still be there.

    Some sources (such as the Farmers Almanac) indicate another 3 during the next about 18 months, visible in North America.

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Yes! There will be another total eclipse of the full moon in October. Hopefully, clear sky!
    Was it too overcast last night by you, too?

  • I've seen lots of coverage today about the eclipse, but I read it here first! As for the next one(s), I keep hearing about October.

  • In reply to MargaretSerious:

    Thank you so much! I will be writing more about the four blood moons, and the full moon in October.

  • You might say the Man in the Moon blushed.

  • not used to all the attention....

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Probably has reason to blush, since the HD cameras at sports events pick up the craters and such, not a white (or red) ball.

  • Would they photoshop the face of the moon?

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Probably some digital subchannel sponsor would send it a sample size of Proactiv.

    However, I seem to remember the Man in the Moon in some cartoons way before the Photoshop era.

  • In reply to jack:

    Yes! And that iconic image from George Méliès "A Trip to the Moon".....

  • Nowadays, I wouldn't be shocked if someone includes the moon on a selfie.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Of course! And one of the Mars rovers sent back a selfie, even. No Martians in the picture, tho.

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