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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

 
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last night's eclipse was quite late, but pretty close to perfect. the sky was clear, the field near our house has an expansive southern view, the lights were behind us, and there were even several shooting stars! we snacked on trail mix & mountain dew while we peered through the binoculars until the condensation overcame the lenses. we watched the whole thing from beginning to end, so as the moon was finally setting whole and shining again, dawn was just beginning to lighten the sky behind powell butte.

we timed it perfectly: we took a nap around 11, woke up around 1, packed our sleeping bags, blankets and pod chairs and walked to the field with just enough time to settle down and get comfortable before the shadow of the earth chipped away at the moon. it was only a little cool until after 4 a.m., when the temperature seemed to dip, so despite layering clothes, gloves & hat, i'll wear warmer clothes next time and bring a bigger blanket.

this was toby's first eclipse, but he didn't manage to stay awake through all of it. this was my first time to watch an eclipse with the option of binoculars, and it makes the process even clearer and more fascinating. the next lunar eclipse is february 21, so mark your calendars!

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Gloves and hat, eh? I watched the thing through binocs from my back deck due to lucky placement of moon vs trees. Hung out for about an hour, until around 3:30 I guess. I was wearing a pair of boxer/briefs and a tank top. Oh, and i think maybe socks.
 
it must be colder out here closer to the gorge. ;)
 
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