I love looking at the night sky and am thrilled that I now live in an area that is dark enough to see the stars from my back deck! I remember being less fortunate when the last lunar eclipse occurred. My daughter begged me to let her stay up and watch the eclipse. The problem was that we had to drive several miles out of town to see it, so we piled in the van, just the two of us, and had a “Mommy and daughter” viewing. It was such a wonderful experience that she still talks about.
When my daughter found out that this eclipse was going to occur tonight, she was primed to stay up and watch it. I wasn’t so sure. It was cold and cloudy! So, I said that we would go out just before it started to see what we could see. The clouds were thin and moving fast. We could see glimpses of the moon, but only enough to tell that it was full. Both of my kids still said that they wanted to stay up, so I found a website showing the eclipse and took to Twitter to see what others were seeing. What did I find? Other homeschoolers doing the same thing. The camaraderie was palpable as we dealt with cold and clouds in several areas of North America. What a wonderful thing to see! I know that the homeschooling moms on Twitter kept me going when I felt that nothing could be seen through the clouds. What was the result? At just the right moment, the clouds disappeared, and the stars shone around the dark moon. It was truly a sight to behold and something that my kids will talk about for years to come!
Thanks to you all and to all a good night!