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I was a proud astronomy geek last night.
I admit it.
I wasn't a full on astronomy geek though.
Full on astronomy geeks never went to bed. They stayed up the entire night watching the lunar eclipse. I'm not worthy to be one of them. I set my alarm so I could get up during key moments of the lunar eclipse to take a couple of pictures as it was happening.
An interesting little piece of history, the last lunar eclipse to happen on the day of the winter solstice was in 1638. Pretty cool to witness something that last happened 372 years ago, isn't it?
I'm so glad I got up to check this out. The stars seemed extra brilliant, and it really was an incredible sight.
The moon, early in the evening, was bright and big. I got up around 2AM and saw the moon almost fully eclipsed. I was up around 3AM again and the moon was a giant orange ball. It was seriously incredible. You can look at pictures of it happening, but there's something about being there, out in the cold, your hands feeling like they're about to fall off because you forgot to put on gloves but it doesn't really matter because the moon and the stars and the skies are just breathtaking. And then knowing that it's the same moon God's fingertips formed? The same moon He hung in the sky for us to see?
It's hard not to be in awe of that...no matter how cold it was out there!