Lunar Eclipse Tonight . . .er, Tomorrow


To celebrate tax day in a couple of hours (Pacific time), the universe will be presenting us with a “blood moon.”

Okay, the red appearance of the moon during tonight’s total eclipse is really just coincidental to the fact that I, like so many other Americans, just sent out a bunch of money to the IRS.  I guess Dad’s partially to blame, as the big check was related to his estate.  But he’s also getting a refund that more than covers the payment and will pay the mortgage for a couple of months, so I guess I can’t complain.  Much.

I’m looking forward to tonight’s eclipse.  I think I’m going to try to stay up for the main event, which is well after midnight.  I figure I can sleep in a little bit tomorrow.  I prefer the moon to the sun, anyway, and I don’t need special glasses to observe a lunar eclipse.  I don’t know if it’s visible in other areas, but it is streaming live on the Griffith Observatory’s website if anyone is interested.  And awake.  (There’s not much going on right now, 10:12 PM, PST, but I can hear some astronomer sort talking about what lunar eclipses look like.)

I refuse to buy into any talk of this being a sign or omen of anything.  The moon will turn a funny color tonight because of the way orbits and shadows are crossing paths, not because some deity has decided to frighten us.  Really, the scientific explanations for how things work is much more interesting than any religious ones.  But for anyone so inclined to believe this is an omen of things to come, please contact me for an address to send your life savings to; I could use the cash.


“Total Eclipse of the Heart”


In a couple of hours, there will be an annular eclipse visible in SoCal, aka a ring of fire eclipse (and yeah, I probably could’ve gone with Johnny Cash today).  If we’re lucky, it’ll look something like this

From Time magazine’s newsfeed

Cool.  Although since I don’t have any “eclipse glasses” and have no interest in burning out my retinas, I will not be observing it.  I think I remember watching an eclipse or two as a kid, so I figure it can’t be that different anyway.

So instead, I offer Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”  There’s really not much to say about this epic 80s classic, mostly because I’ve always had a little trouble deciphering it.  It’s obviously a love gone sour song, but beyond that it’s anyone’s guess.  I think I might be a little too influenced by the music video, which should’ve won some kind of award for its EPIC cheesiness.  I mean, what’s with the goodbye Ms. Chips thing?  And the creepy glowing eyes?  It’s almost as bad as The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry.”  What is this, the boarding school of the damned?  Still, it’s fun to watch, so if you’re not in eclipse viewing range or you’re lacking in the proper eye protection, enjoy some good old-fashioned 80s weirdness.