I did BE BETTER BASKET: Challenge #1 tonight and was utterly rewarded.
I looked up to the sky and saw not only the glorious stars; but also the Earth’s shadow falling on the moon in a partial Lunar Eclipse. What a lovely surprise and a truly beautiful spectacle.
After much frustration at myself for leaving my “stalker” lens at home and because I don’t know enough about photography to be able to take a decent picture of the moon; I went back inside and googled “Moon” “Tonight” to discover several things.
Firstly, that this was the first Lunar Eclipse of 2012; secondly, that a moon in June is called a Strawberry moon by some; and finally that in the next couple of days one of the rarest predictable Astronomical events is occurring!!!!
What is this event I ask so excitedly?!?!
Well (I say in a matter of fact tone); it turns out that Venus will be passing directly between the Sun and the Earth this week! This means that we mere Earthlings will be able to see Venus throughout the day as it passes by!
The exciting thing about this for me is the rarity! The Transit of Venus will not happen again until 11 Dec 2117.
What appeals to me about this sort of occurrence is how incredibly little it makes the world seem. It’s exciting to think that we will be able to see another planet in the solar system so clearly. It’s also comforting to know that no matter where anyone is sitting in the world this is something that can be seen by all. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, this is an event beyond any control or interference from any living person. It’s an equaliser.
The chorus goes:
And even though I know how very far apart we are,
It helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star.
And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby,
It helps to think we’re sleeping underneath the same big sky.
Whenever I’m away from home and missing those I love I hum this to myself and feel better. I think that if I ever end up having children of my own I will sing them this each night as a lullaby.
So, enough with the mushy stuff…. For those of you who want to see Venus this week it’ll be happening on Tuesday or Wednesday depending on where you are in the world. If you head to this website you should be able to get details.
Happy Venus watching everyone!
Truth and adventure till the Last page, stay safe