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A little bit closer
The Dark Side of the Moon
But now there's only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart" -
So we saw the lunar eclipse tonight. It was a spectacle at 10 PM, when supposedly neighbors would be catching some shuteye, there we were trying to behold something that we might not see in the next 3 years.
The alignment of the Earth, between the sun and the moon caused this. This was how our Science teachers described it. Just a while ago, I learned that the rouge reflection on the moon is actually caused by the different sunsets and sunrises that are occurring at the same time from all over the world. Neat noh?
The next total lunar eclipse will happen not until December 2010.
Many cultures believed that during an eclipse, a demon or dragon swallowed the sun.
In India they believed that Rahu and Ketu play a role in the eclipse. Rahu and Ketu are supposed to be planets but they really have no existence in the solar system that we know about. They are purely inventions, beautiful creations albeit, of the mind of the ancient people.
In China, it is believed that the dragon swallows the sun during eclipse. So they would beat drums to produce great noise and commotion to frighten away the dragon while, the Japanese would cover the wells so that the demons in the cover of darkness during the eclipse would not drop poison into them.
In Romania people believed that werewolves and demons ate up the sun during the eclipse. To frighten them away they would light up huge fires and ring church bells would be rung throughout the eclipse.
In the Philippines, taking a bath during an eclipse will lead to death.
Good thing we took pictures instead of a visit to the shower. Whew!