After a beautiful, but long day on the road (only 170 miles, but it took an unseemingly long time to get here), we set up camp for the very first time in Rhode Island, made a quick dinner, and waited for the Supermoon Eclipse. (bold because this was a big event).
Although our campsite is nestled in the trees, there’s a large open field nearby. We dragged our lawn chairs out into the bright moonlight to await the big event. It went pretty much like this.
Me: I think I see it starting around the 8:00 area.
John: No, it hasn’t started yet. That’s just a dark area.
endless time elapses
Me. There it is.
Me: Gawd, this is taking forever!
J: It’s going to be slow. The earth is big.
Me: Do you think the moon would look much bigger on Mt. Everest, since they are closer?
J: No. Not that much closer.
Me: Damn! I can’t get a decent photo.
J: The best photos will all come from the West Coast. They will see the eclipse when the moon is closer to the horizon.
Me: They probably won’t be able to see it through all the smoke.
Me: In the Southern Hemisphere, do they see it the same way, or does it cover from right to left, instead of left to right?
J: Same. (he’s kind of bummed, because he’s reading a book on his iphone and I keep interrupting)
Me: About halfway now.
John finally flips phone off, and watches the last five minutes of the shadow overtake the moon. The rosy color is beautiful, and it’s noticibly darker in the field. It’s really pretty spectacular. We notice that we seem to be the only people in the campground who are outside, or even awake.
Five minutes later, John folds up his chair and heads for the Fireball. I’m going to stay outside and watch the eclipse recede. He tells me it will take an hour.
Me: OK then. I’ll sit by the fire, and just check on it from time to time.
I drag my chair back to the campfire and stare into the embers. After a while, I wander back out to the field to check, but I’ve already taken off my glasses, and can’t see squat.
End of eclipse for the Campshaws. Let me know when the next one comes around.
But, you have to admit that it was pretty cool. Hope you all saw it.