There was an I eclipse of the moon visible in Canada and across a few other lands of the Northern Hemisphere last night and it was truly a strange phenomena. Strange not because of the event itself but rather because of what it did to the people of the earth below.
At our house we were making the trek to the back yard every half hour or so from the time it got dark about 7:30. There are huge trees around our yard and it is impossible to see the rising of the moon but we kept watching for it to venture above the houses and trees so we could get a glimpse. We could not. About 10 I slipped out in my PJs and caught the last sliver of white sneaking between the clouds but then it vanished. To the north there was nothing but clear sky but try as we might we could not see the shadowy moon from our vantage point.
If we had been seen by the neighbours or stopped by police we might have been thought mad but I didn’t care. Looking toward all that clear sky I decided to bundle us up in the car and head toward it. Two aging adults in their pajamas, heading two concessions from home to sit in a church parking lot and watch the moon. It was likely about the most romantic thing we’ve done in years though I fear no romance ensued. It was at the very least fun.
This morning as I looked at my Facebook feed I realized we were not the only fools out searching for the moon last night. There were all sorts of pictures and accounts of the event and I was touched to think so many of us across the world were brought together in a peaceful few hours to look toward heaven and reflect on the wonder of the multiverse.
Unity is really quite simple you know. All you need is a super moon.
A fast forward account of the event from my friend Anthony at Science Ninjas