August 28, 2007

I'll see you on the dark side of the moon...

Did Arcturus stay up and get eclipse photos for you?

Arcturus is too busy vacationing to act as our science advisory liaison so I will do my best to fill in for him and explain how a lunar eclipse really works. First off as the goddess of the night, Luna, and Quetzalcoatl race around the sun in their eternal struggle for predominance of the night time heavens every now and then he catches up to her. As Quetzalcoatl catches up to Luna he begins biting off pieces of the Goddess until he has swallowed her up. Now, the light of the moon is strong with feminine energy and she eventually proves too much for the tender stomach of the masculine Quetzalcoatl. Her divine light shows through the belly of great one until he is ill with the effects of her glory and he vomits her out into the nighttime skies once again.

Yes, its true! (I read it on the Internet somewhere...)

Where was the Wizened Wizard?

Yeah, like anyone was awake at the Wizened Wizard's forest of brotherly love at five in the morning. I 'll bet there was no one watching the eclipse at her place except for a couple of antelopes and a raggedy old looking Bigfoot. That's what you get when you hang out eating mushrooms with a pack of hippie gnomes. Why I'd bet good money the gnomes are in the forest illegally doing jobs that used to be performed by decent hard working American fairies.

H-m-m-m-p-h... Don't even get me started.

I was there for you, gentle readers.

Thats right, I was there for the whole experience with my entire family. As Felicia prepared the traditional breakfast of Quetzalcoatl corn cakes and Chihuahua sausage, Micah observed the event through a makeshift telescope I jury rigged for him using nothing more than an old kaleidoscope and three pencils. The dogs looked so cute in their lunar garb. We invited Michael Vick over to join us but he said he's kind of lost his taste for dog for a while.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this small taste of astronomical home cooking and be assured if anything else happens in the skies worth noting I'll be there to capture the moment while the rest of you are sleeping.


Blogger bloggerwife said...

You are so totally nuttified!

August 28, 2007 9:25 AM  
Blogger Pixie said...

I woke up at 4.30 and thought about getting out of bed to see it but that is as far as I got....

I did manage to see the solar eclipse a few years ago in England. That was quite spooky, everything went so still and quiet.

August 28, 2007 10:40 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

I woke up around 4 am and had to go pee. As I was getting back into bed the guy on the radio was talking about going outside to see the lunar eclipse and I thought about how that would be cool to do. Then I feel back asleep. Glad you were there for us Dirk.

August 28, 2007 12:06 PM  
Blogger Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

I liked the Pink Floyd reference, then I scrolled down and saw YET ANOTHER Pink Floyd title. Coupled with the Frank Zappa picture, I think I'll be back to this site . . .

August 28, 2007 12:20 PM  
Blogger Kati said...

LOL Loving the pics. Thanks for staying up & photographing the event for us. I was one of those wimps who went to bed at a normal time instead of staying up till all hours. Though, just like almost everybody else today (or so it seems) I also posted a pic of Luna, taken at about 11:30 pm last night, for the edification of my friends.

August 28, 2007 12:33 PM  
Blogger Dirk_Star said...

Thanks good people.

As a stay at home dad I see it as my job to take care of my family.

Including the extended members too...

August 28, 2007 1:35 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

Thanks for being there for us, Dirk, because I was sound asleep.

August 28, 2007 3:34 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Yep, you're as cool as I thought. Thanks for the Moon. And thanks for visiting my blog.

And by the way....Wiz did good.

August 28, 2007 11:39 PM  
Blogger Pepper said...

I missed it. I am up on a hill and fell asleep. That stinks.

August 29, 2007 12:03 AM  
Blogger Arcturus said...

Awesome. And your grasp of the scientific subtleties of the orbital mechanics of a lunar eclipse as the Moon enters the penumbral and then umbral shadow of the Earth are profound and comprehensive. The Aug. 28, 2007 lunar eclipse is well explained by the doings of Quetzalcoatl and Luna.

As Dudley Do-Right said, "If it's in the papers, it must be true!"

Concerning American faeries and Big Foot, well, photographing them is a bit tricky.

P.S. My love for astronomy was developed and honed by being with my dad on our back porch in suburban New Jersey on dark nights with his Celestron telescope when I was just a wee li'l boy of 6 years old ... it's never too early for a daddy to develop that lifelong love in his little boy of the heavens.

You're doing the right thing, Dirk_Star, by showing Micah the wonders of the Universe.

August 29, 2007 1:22 AM  
Blogger Officer Gary said...

We can always count on you, Dirk. For what, exactly, I can't say but we can count on you nonetheless.

August 29, 2007 2:41 AM  
Blogger Wizened Wizard said...

Aha. So that was Quetzalcoatl who bit me while I was trying to view "the event"...

Thank you, oh martyrly Dirk, for being there for all of us - although I didn't see you. (Be careful flinging those disparaging comments, or I'll have Shaman tie your little soul in some knots). By the way, the gnomes are working overtime on end-of-summer chores right now and couldn't possibly find time to indulge in any shrooms.

Okay. Get sirius, Wizard. Good post. I enjoyed the Luna and Quetzalcoatl tale and your photos. And - when you have a chance - I'd like the corn cake recipe and a makeshift telescope.

August 29, 2007 7:40 AM  
Blogger Citymouse said...

I was awake but i forgot!
Glad you took the pictures
thank you

August 29, 2007 9:14 AM  
Blogger Aileen said...

I was still up at 3:00am tossing and turning. I thought to myself that in another hour I could at least go out and check out the skies. The thought relaxed me enough that I was able to finally fall fast asleep. *sigh*
What absolutely incredible pictures! Thanks for sharing. I look forward to finally meeting Micah so he can tell me all about it.

August 29, 2007 9:53 AM  
Blogger zen wizard said...

Lunar eclipse at 5 in the morning?

I dunno--

I would not get up that early if Jessica Biel was showing me part of HER moon in the morning.

August 29, 2007 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had no idea, none... I need to pick up a newspaper more I see.

August 29, 2007 11:11 AM  

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