Alex and I just returned from looking for the “blood moon.” It was too cloudy in San Antonio to see it, so I looked at the Clear Sky Chart website and saw that the sky seemed clearer out west on Interstate 10. It seemed that the farther west you go, the better viewing conditions were, so Alex and I headed west. We drove until we left the city lights behind and then went even farther west on local roads.
When we finally reached a place where we could see the moon, we put on our hazard lights and pulled over to attempt to take some pictures. A family in an SUV stopped to make sure we were okay, and we explained what we were up to. They recommended that we drive even farther out on that road, so we did.
We stopped just about at the maximum of the eclipse and attempted to take some pictures. I say “attempted to take” because it was still pretty cloudy, so all we got, for the most part, was darkness with a little smudge of light in it. I am thinking about getting one of those apps that will average them together and perhaps bring the moon out a little more in the pictures, but maybe I will decide that just having made that drive and seen the moon is sufficient.
All I know for certain is that it’s getting towards 11:00 here and I’d better get to bed if I want to get up to see Alex off to school in the morning.
I played around with the edit functions of my phone last night and came up with some kind of image representing the moon that I saw last night. It’s not perfect and, in fact, is kind of blobby looking, but at least it’s visible.