This recent Moon image is brought to you by…

…the 2017 North America Solar Eclipse.  See the great eclipse in locations everywhere across the continent on August 21st!*

* Visibility of the 2017 North America Solar Eclipse is not guaranteed.  Consult local weather forecasts.  Premium travel rates may apply.  Lodging is not guaranteed.  Eclipse solar coverage will vary from none to totality depending on your location.  If you are within the path of totality on August 21st, 2017, you may use those several minutes, at your sole discretion, to reprove Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.  Never look at the Sun either directly or through a magnification device such as a telescope or binoculars without proper solar filters securely equipped.

About Last Week’s Lunar Eclipse…

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I kind of did and I kind of did not forget to write about the lunar eclipse event from last week.  It was, from my location, a non-event.  I saw the Moon very clear and bright, albeit through gathering clouds.  Shortly after, well before the peak of the eclipse, I could not see the Moon at all as the clouds rolled in even more.  Only hours later, through some cloud breaks, could I see the Moon as normal once more.

I recall a very similar partial lunar eclipse decades ago, so I have a generally good notion of what this one was about.  The Moon last Friday, I assume, was still visible, just dimmed.

I have the horrible notion that I am not meant to see any good astronomical events.  Last year, during the Mercury transit, I had the absolute worst cloud cover.  Even a small break in or thinning of the clouds would have allowed my telescope to get a glimpse of the little dot going across the Sun.  Just once over a seven-hour period was all I asked.  The night before, I had my telescope set up, solar filter securely attached, and all my eyepiece and astrophotography equipment laid out, ready for the following day.  Needless to say, it was a big disappointment.

I am more than sure this year’s North America solar eclipse in August will come, for me, with the darkest, thickest, blackest storm clouds ever seen in the Midwest.