Last night the whole world must have been staring at the skies to look at the once in a blue moon phenomenon.
I happened to look up at the moon on the 30th when it seemed unusually large and bright. I mentioned this to my father who told me that on the 31st we were going to witness a Blue Moon, a Red Moon, a Full Moon and the Eclipse.
“Oh! I didn’t know. ” Perhaps this was too much for my brain to process because I foolishly told him ” You know , the moon rise was from the East. The same direction as the sun” . And we left it at that .
Yesterday while returning home I saw an orange moon in the Western horizon. I couldn’t capture it on my phone because Madhukar was in Speedy Gonsalves mode. But then my dad called up to tell me ” it is a Universal Truth that the sun and moon both rise in the east and set in the west” .
I’m sure he was up the whole night trying to figure out my “geographical discovery” .
I suppose it is age that makes one forget or rather confuse simple concepts like sunrise and sunset . I’ve captured so many of them that it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me that sunrise and moonrise are in the same direction!
But I was confused .
So when it was time for moonrise last night, I kept a strict vigil on the east.
Sadly, there are many tall buildings coming around in the East so I had a restricted view of the moonWhen I first spotted it around 8 it looked like a peach orb with a sliver of light that gradually increased till the full moon was finally visible .
But the moon wasn’t blue. Nor was it red. Of course it was large but it wasn’t blue at all.
However, I’m glad I saw it especially since I won’t be around the next time it happens .