Sunday, September 02, 2007

Lunar Rosa

We've been in the dark in southern New Zealand for the majority of the 24 hour day these past few months. This has led to a hive of inactivity most of the time, driving to work in the dark, driving home in the dark. But one thing that does stand out brilliantly in the winter months is the night sky, mainly because you don't have to make a concerted effort to see it as its just there, but given my geographical location this particular point in the globe is rather, well...flat. It means the horizons are quite expansive and unobstructed.

Dad being a keen astronomer has gotten back into his star gazing hobby this winter and has been taking many a picture of the moon and jupiter mainly on a calm clear night.

While I'm not the most avid of stargazers we've had acouple of treats this year thus far in McNaughts Comet which comes once every thousand years or so and the much more frequent "Lunar Rosa" eclipse which appears around about every seven years. We had a good enough night on Tuesday to get a good view of the lunar rosa as the moon disappeared and then reappeared in a reddish hue. It was quite a sight to behold!!

I always enjoy taking myself back half a millenia or more and imagine what it must having been like for people in those times watching these events without the knowledge we have now. Such events were linked with Black death and terrible wars such as Napoleons Russian conquest (to name one). I think the one that would have unsettled me the most however would have been watching a solar eclipse, the earths life source disappearing before your eyes. ahhh


Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha that's nice, ryman..

i remember the first comet i saw.. hale-bopp.. back in bru when i was a kid..

i never knew u were so imaginative and intuitive haha.. i think the ambience down there is bringing out that side of u.. way to contemplate on things..

several augusts ago, me and some friends spent 2 hours with our backs on the ground watching a meteor shower.. we saw about 60 little fireballs fall 2 minutes apart..

i hope u'll see some of those while u're there.. hehe.. maybe more thoughts for u to twinkle on..

9/15/2007 1:13 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

hey Juan. you've seen a meteor shower eh?! thats quite cool. hows philipines at the moment? did you sort that lady with patella femoral pain?
Its getting lighter here now and the odd warm day, i'm emerging from hybernation.

9/20/2007 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


haha.. i never saw that lady again.. finished my rotation there.. it was a good piece of advice tho, i think.. hahaha..

i'm in pampanga this month.. a province just 1 hr north of manila.. treating american patients.. army retirees.. my impression.. they're just a bunch of peanuts!!

haha.. but they're really nice for the most part.. insane tho..

meteor showers happen several times each year.. just have to catch them at the right time.. when the sky is clear.. so pretty.. ( has schedules..)

hey remember it was around this time last year u came to ripas!

remember when we were talking and u said, "well i guess.. God provides.. humble help.."

the uncanny thing is.. i'm going through a rough patch again.. really rough one..

put me in ur twilight prayers ayt.. just a few moments i hope won't be too much trouble..

anyway.. it's starting to chill a little here.. it's the "-ber" months.. glad u're thawing out there haha.. u got to soak up some sun yet?

9/23/2007 12:32 AM  

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