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Getting up in the middle of the night

I'm going to bed now, because F wants me to wake him up in the middle of the night to see the lunar eclipse. I've seen several in my life, but it's different when you are eight. Indeed, since there won't be another total lunar eclipse until December 2010, and rather longer until the next one properly visible from here, maybe I should relish it a bit more.

I've been looking back through the list of eclipses in my lifetime. I think I have seen about four. They are on the whole associated with moments of change in my life, to my surprise. I'm pretty sure I remember 9 September 1978, a couple of weeks after I started grammar school; I'm certain I remember 16 October 1986, just after I had started at Cambridge; and I also remember 9 December 1992, attending a pub quiz in the Rotterdam in Belfast, not long before Anne and I got engaged.

And of course there was the 11 August 1999 total solar eclipse. We drove south to France, with visiting in-laws, two-year-old B and two-week-old F, along with the entire population of Belgium and most of the Netherlands, and indeed managed to catch a few moments of totality as the clouds parted near the end. B commented "Dark", and then, thoughtfully, "Sunset"; she was receding into her own world already, but we did not know that.

So F, who has seen the photographs of himself as a neonate from 1999, is keen to be woken up in time for this one. If the weather holds (though the forecast is for fog), he should be satisfied.



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Feb. 20th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
The sky has been clear for the past few nights here, but tonight there are loads of clouds about and it may be a futile exercise to try spotting the eclipse.

They're a great sight if you get to see it.

Good luck with the eclipse spotting. I hope F is rewarded for the effort of getting up early.
Feb. 20th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Happy eclipse-viewing I hope!
Feb. 20th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
The two lunar eclipses that stand out in my mind were one as a child when a friend and I pitched a tent in the field behind my house and watched the eclipse.

And on June 14, 1992, there was a partial lunar eclipse the night of my wedding.
Feb. 20th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
It's overcast here, or I'd also set my alarm. I remember watching the 1999 one reflected in the Isis from Port Meadow in Oxford.
Feb. 21st, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
I hope F had more luck than I did!
Feb. 22nd, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
So how was the eclipse for F? I managed a cloudy view, but a view nonetheless.
Feb. 22nd, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
I often go to bed at 22:20 even when there aren't lunar eclipses to be got up for.

Must be me age.
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