3 thoughts on “solstice & eclipse at dawn”

  1. Thanks – I knew this was coming and missed it all the same – though the skies here are so heavy with snow I doubt there was much to be seen.

    It’s nice to be able to watch it happen in your notebook instead!

    Are there always sixteen hours from moonrise to moonset, or does it vary?


  2. Thanks. We almost missed it, but scrambled up the hill. The combination of snow, solstice, dawn and clear sky was serendipitous – and sending us literally over the moon, making our earthly revolutions and shadow visible. The disappearance of the moon in the lightened sky was more a dissolution than a descent. Simultaneously, dawn was spreading on the opposite sky. Preoocupied, I spent the morning recreating the colours and turns, learning some moon basics – if you need them too, try http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/time/moon/

    Walking a lot under moonlight these days has thrown my attention to Samuel Palmer, who often included sheep in his development of sepia forms and pattern.

    Sixteen hours? staring at a moon calendar trying to do sums, I don’t think so – it seems to vary. Think I need to see this in 3D to get it.


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