Happy holidays of all sorts, folks! I've got some fun photos coming (especially if the word "python" means anything to you)...but I left my wire in Portland and I'm away for another half a fortnight. So New Years-ish. Expect something. Expect everything, baby, 'cuz you're worth it!
Also, to everyone in Portland: I miss you. And you're wonderful. 2011 has been the best year of my life so far, and with you in it, I have no doubt that 2012 will be even better.
...and I'm getting up to see it. It should peak around 6am PST...and around 7:40 there should be a selenelion. Don't know what that is? Neither did I. So I looked it up and then wrote a haiku:
The moon is eclipsed.
The sun rises to see it;
Like the poem says, a selenelion is what it's called when you can see the sun rise during a lunar eclipse...which should be impossible, because a lunar eclipse means that the sun, earth, and moon are aligned on the same plane. However, according to the wise people on the internet, the earth's atmosphere acts like a lens and refracts the sun's image. So we see the sun a few minutes before it actually rises every morning and a few minutes after it has set every evening. This particular morning, it means (if you're in what I've decided to call the "lucky zone") you'll be able to see the sun and the eclipsed moon at the same time. Of course, that requires a clear night and dawn.
For those of you (hi mom & dad) who are not in the lucky zone, you can still watch the eclipse live. You might be the lucky ones; you don't get to see it in person, but you get to see it at a much more reasonable hour...after you've had your coffee. Circa 9am EST.