It is lovely living as close to the coast as Himself and I do. Temperatures soar inland during the summer and we seldom top 70 degrees. It always cools down at night. At this time of year the weather is perfect.
But Himself is a sky watcher. He enjoys looking at the stars and seeing meteor showers. He notes the seasonal changes in the viewable stars, recognized constellations, watches for the rare auroras that might be visible this far south, notes the monthly phases of the moon. All this is casual and these are things he has done for years… when he can.
Here at the coast the night sky is regularly obscured by fog. More often than not the sky phenomena are hidden by a thick gray blanket that seems to come and go randomly. Sunset may be clear only to have the offshore fog dash in and hang over us until the middle of the next day. Or the fog will barrel in sometime in the late afternoon then lift and leave stars glimmering by midnight. If there is any way to predict the behavior we have yet to discover it. Roll the dice and see what comes up? In the past we’ve tried field trips north, south, and east but again it is the old dice roll. Which direction? When? It is anybody’s guess what the fog will have done.
So we wait and hope for tomorrow’s lunar eclipse. Maybe we’ll see it. Maybe we won’t. But we will at least give it a shot.