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Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Lunar Eclipse

We're starting our Astronomy studies today, about the moon and how appropriate is the lunar eclipse tonight? I'm so excited and Camille doesn't know about it yet. I think we're going to have a girls' night at home tonight and watch Anne of Green Gables and I'll surprise her with the eclipse (as well as a longer bedtime)!

UPDATE 2/21/08: We saw the eclipse and stood outside from 10:00 pm to 10:30 pm, we tried to take a picture of the orange/red moon but we do not have an adequate camera to handle such task. This is my goal to work on for the rest of the year, to save for a better camera. We left the eclipsed moon at 10:30 pm because Camille was so tired but we had a clear sky.

While we were outside under the stars, we talked about how we'll learn about the constellations and we decided to learn one constellation a week and identify it as well as document it in our nature journals. I still have to think about how I'm going to keep Camille up for night sky viewing and how many times a week. The last thing I want is a cranky, sleepy 7 year old girl on my hands. With the sunlight lasting longer, keeping her up during the week is more challenging because it means she'll be up longer. Maybe naps?



mom24 said...

Great timing! And who doesn't love Anne of Green Gables?

Sheryl said...

Don't you just LOVE IT when things work out like that... when things occur that reinforce what your learning or that add interest and excitment and you didn't even have to plan it. I really hope that I can stay up with my dd. I am battling this cold that everyone seems to have.
Have a great night Moon gazing.

Sheryl in GA

LisaWA said...

I cant wait... its supposed to star around 5:45 (washington State) here 7 oclock full eclipse and end around 9...

How fun for Camille! I love surprises like that...


~Java Mama~ said...

Isn't that just awesome for you and your little Camille! I can't wait to tell my little Superman, he is so fasinated with Astronomy and it just so happens that we just finished observing and learning about the moon and the sun, he is going to be SO excited!! Thank you so much for sharing this... I wouldn't have known otherwise I am sure.

JOYfully in Him,

Rachel said...

Sounds like a fun night! I love Anne of Green Gables.. my husband got me all the books for my birthday last year!

Have fun!

my5wolfcubs said...

Hope you were able to have a great girls was cloudy here!!

Jennefer said...

What a disappointment! A huge storm moved through and it was cloudy here, too. We had been looking forward to the eclipse for days.

Did you all get to see it?!


Kim said...

We only got a quick peek before a snow squall moved in to. (sigh) Kids were long asleep oldest is just 5 :-P. But dh and I bundled up hoping to watch.
Did anyone get some good photos?

barrellfullofmonkeys said...

I got one half-way decent picture, and about a dozen not good pictures :) It was freezing here, but clear. The moon was beautiful! If you want to see my picture, I've posted it here:

Kathy D.

Ritsumei said...

Try putting your camera on a tripod, if you haven't already. You should be able to get something, and then you can crop out all the blank sky around the moon after you're done.