It's about 4:30 am and I just experienced a sleepness night followed by the lunar eclipseÂ .Â I set my alarm for 3:45am and tried to get to bed a relatively early hour.Â I am almost always awake by 4am, so I was not too worried about the early wake time.Â It was the notion that I would most likely be startled by the shrill sound of an alarm that kept me up most of the night.Â Â Since I natually wake up so early, it is very rare that an alarm interrupts my sleep, and the thought of it seems to agitate my subconscious enough to prevent me from sleeping.Â The same thing happens when I have an early plane to catch or any other time there is some important early wake-up call in the works.Â
Anyway, I did manage to get to sleep shortly before the alarm chimed.Â I woke my son and we came down to witness the event.Â In the process I woke the dog, who did her requisite barking at unusual nighttime activity.
Indeed, we did clearly see the eclipse, though it didn't look as spectacular as the article described: "This incredible light beams into the heart of Earth's shadow, transforming the Moon into a landscape of copper moondust and golden hills."Â Â Instead it looked a little more like a reddish cloud covering the moon.
I took a photo that looked kind of like a small dot. My son looked at it and said, "Yup!Â There it is! Can I go back to bed now?"Â Â I'm going to go take one final look before I head up to bed and stay awake worrying about the 6am alarm and how tired I will be when it rings.
Was it worth it?Â Heck, yeah!Â Sleeping happens every night, butÂ how often will I get to watch a lunar eclipse with my son?Â Maybe just this once!Â 'Cause I'm guessing there's no way he thought it was worth it!