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Watchful Wednesdays

October 8, 2014 Leave a comment

I’m starting to think along the lines of organizing my posts according to the days of the week.  Mondays can be reserved for work-related, educational posts (with maybe a Friday thrown in for reflection on said posts).  I’m also thinking Fridays can be used to post some of my favorites things, a “Friday Favorites” so to speak.  A part of that will also be some of the pictures I’ve taken, but I may do something else with those.

Wednesdays can be reserved for things I’ve been watching on television, in the theaters, or reading in the media.  For example, I could talk about the new Doctor Who (which I’ve done before) or perhaps Agents of Shield as well (which I have also done before).

Or I can review some sports related items I’ve watched (I do like sports!).

For today, I think I’ll start this “Watchful Wednesday” with something I did watch today (at least technically).

The lunar eclipse, aka the “Blood Moon.”

Blood Moon

Lunar Eclipse – Taken early morning on 10.8.14 by me 🙂 The secret ingredient . . . is blood. No, not really 🙂

Yes, it was cold.  Yes, it threw my sleep pattern a bit of a curve . . . but it was interesting to watch and photograph.

It also got me thinking about something I had said in class the other day, when I had the students imagine for themselves, ways to explain natural phenomena without the use of research or the scientific method (to a certain degree).  Some of the responses they gave were along the lines of storytelling, which the students thought was an interesting way to explain things (stories are usually explanations anyway, are they not?).  We were reading about earthquakes and volcanoes and how the ancient Romans and Hawaiians had explained volcanic activity and I started thinking . . . “I’d definitely freak out if I saw this eclipse way back when!”

Yes, “way back when” is a technical term for thousands and thousands of years ago.   Coincidentally, I still need to watch the movie “The Way Way Back.”  Heard nothing but good things about that movie, especially the soundtrack!

But I digress.  Back on topic . . . as far as this blood moon, I also started thinking . . . how would I explain this if I did live “way back when”. . .

. . . so in no particular order (and with the use of anachronisms . . . I couldn’t resist these other explanations), here are my explanations as I watched the lunar eclipse.

1) Kool-Aid Man is upping his game.  Instead of a wall . . . hello moon!

2) Old-Testament Plague except moon-style this time!

3) Moon got really embarrassed by something.  Or angry . . . 

Honestly, these were just random thoughts as I watched the lunar eclipse at 4:00 am in the morning (on a break from school no less . . . how fortunate!).  More or less, I was glad I witnessed this as I know it’s not extremely rare . . . but still rare enough to get me out of bed to watch the spectacle of nature and the cosmos 🙂

 

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