The Great Plotnik

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Come Back in 328 Years and You'll See This Again

If you missed it the other night, you only have to wait 328 years until it all happens again: a lunar eclipse at the solstice.

The photos don't tell a fraction of the story. The moon disappeared into the fog and then emerged glowing red. Under binoculars it looked like a huge series of exploding red crystals.

That year that the Plotniks went to the Grand Canyon to see the Tucson Amateur Geographers haul out their home-made telescopes, there was one guy who basically used nothing but a high powered set of binoculars, mounted on a tripod and built into a lawn chair. On those binoculars was a camera that would take a photo of the magnified astral image. Plot remembers thinking he should have asked where he could get one of those gizmos, but...

Cousin Bruiser if you're reading this -- your dad would be in the garage already building me one. I'd prefer it if you'd mount it in a new BMW if you don't mind.


At 8:02 PM, Blogger mary ann said...

I enjoyed these photos since we missed the actual event. Thanks!

At 9:13 AM, Anonymous John The King said...

And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes - we'll see you on the dark side of the moon...


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