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22 December 2010 @ 08:53 am

There is a great big perfect full moon hanging blithely above the graveyard this morning, in a location where I could have sat and watched the entire totality of the eclipse in utter comfort at my dining room table if it had NOT BEEN BLOODY CLOUDY ON THE HORIZONS YESTERDAY MORNING. *sulks*

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Myles Corcoranmylescorcoran on December 22nd, 2010 08:35 am (UTC)
Are you complaining about the Irish weather? You seem to have assimilated well.
kitmizkit on December 22nd, 2010 09:04 am (UTC)
Only because I missed a once-in-four-centuries event because of it! (though the next lunar solstice eclipse is in a mere 80 years...)
Myles Corcoranmylescorcoran on December 22nd, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)
I wonder how many once-in-four-centuries events I've missed 'cos my parents were foolish enough to have me in the latter part of the 20th Century.

Can you guess why being an astronomer in Ireland was an odd career choice?
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on December 22nd, 2010 09:47 am (UTC)
And yet, Ireland led the world in optical astronomy for decades. Or at least, had the largest telescope in the world.
Myles Corcoranmylescorcoran on December 22nd, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
I never said we were bright.

To be fair, professional optical and near-IR astronomy isn't generally done in the UK either. An expensive observatory at the top of a nice dry mountain far away is the way to go.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on December 22nd, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)
I think the Leviathan may not have been in the objectively best place, but it's understandable that Mr Parsons wanted it in his garden rather than, say, a few days sea voyage away in the Canary Isles. Given the circumstances, it's a perfectly sensible solution.

Impressive beast, mind.

This side of the little pond, bellinghwoman works in a relatively modern building named Greenwich House, on the outskirts of Cambridge. Yes, it's the former offices of the Greenwich Observatory, occupied by them for only a few years during their peregrinations. Greenwich to Herstmonceux to Cambridge to Edinburgh in little more than half a century. It's just as well they didn't have bulky, fragile instruments to worry about. Oh, wait ...

(They do have a nice historic telescope in Cambridge. The better part of two centuries old, but still good enough to be able to project the image of the sun during the recent transit of Venus.)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on December 22nd, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
We're in the same boat. I missed it because it was snowing here. *sigh*
Randomnessr_ness on December 25th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
Us too.

martyn44martyn44 on December 22nd, 2010 09:10 am (UTC)
You and me both. Spectacular moon this morning. Thought Jim Carrey had been doing his 'Bruce Almighty' trick.
wyld_dandelyonwyld_dandelyon on December 23rd, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
We had clouds and intermittent snow from before moonrise until after moonset.

Did you get a picture of the morning after? I'd love to see it.