(Image source – Google)
Konya no tsuki wa naze ka hitomawari ookikute?
Itsumo yori akaroku terasu…
(Why is the moon tonight larger than usual?
It emits an unusually bright light..)
-Naruto Shippuden Opening 14 Tsuki no Ookisa (Size of the Moon)
So today, we could see the Super Blue Blood Moon from several countries including mine. Why does it have such a humongous name? It is a very rare phenomenon. There are three celestial events occurring at once.
1. A supermoon
2. A lunar eclipse (Blood moon)
3. A blue moon (Two full moons in a month)
So basically this is a bumper gift for those who are fans and followers of the gravity defying space.
Without getting much into the technical details, I would just like to speak about my experience of seeing this moon.
So yesterday, my dad told me about it. I’ve been living under the knowledge of my messenger app for eternity, but my app failed to inform me about it. And if it is not on a message, it doesn’t exist for me. This ignorance was not blissful at all. Thanks to the people around me, I got acquainted with this fact.
I researched this phenomenon on all the websites on the first page of Google. And boy I was flabbergasted. The images were so beautiful. I couldn’t wait for the evening to arrive.
Since yesterday, I’ve been posting statuses regarding the red moon that appears in the anime Naruto and comparing it with this rare phenomenon. For an otaku, any chance to link reality with anime is golden.
(Image Source – Naruto)
(Image Source – Pinterest)
There is no doubt that all day I had this on my mind and as dusk arrived, I used the elevator and launched outside. I walked around my society in anticipation. I couldn’t see it. My heart sunk. I returned home.
My heart was restless. I looked out from every window in my house innumerable times. But the satellite just kept evading me. I feared that I missed the occurrence. Dejected, I just posed a generic question on my family group, (with relatives around the world) “Did anyone see the moon today?”
My aunt in America replied in the affirmative. I expressed my woes. Then, another aunt of mine, in America too, encouraged me to wait for some time. She sent me the exact timings of the view in my country and hope rekindled.
I ran downstairs again. As I exited my building, I saw a lady with a child, pointing her index finger to the sky. She told her child to see the moon. I ran to her and looked where she was pointing.
There it was, the moon in all its glory. There was a shadow casted on the moon. Only a thin line was visible. The lady advised me get a better view from a window facing in the direction of the moon.
Alas, my house windows didn’t comply. The lady suggested that I go to my neighbour’s place. And that I did.
I rung the bell and surprised my neighbour when I expressed the desire to see the moon. She gladly let me in. As I was guided to the window in the last room, my heart started beating faster.
When I looked at the moon outside the window, it looked so gigantic. The shadow was fading and I could see a crescent. I took several shabby pictures on my phone. How I wish I had a DSLR at such moments. The moon was a perfect 3d sphere. One could confuse it for a planet.
(I couldn’t capture the beauty T_T)
I stood there, talking to my neighbour about the various experiences of her younger days. Amidst that, I constantly gazed at the moon. The eclipse was waning. I could see almost the entire moon.
After several more pictures, I decided that it was time to leave. If I had to see the entire eclipse drawing away, I’d have to wait another hour. I was satisfied with what I could see and left with a smile.
The song mentioned at the beginning of the post has been playing in my head over and over since yesterday. It hasn’t ceased yet.
For everyone, it might be just a simplistic experience, but for me, it means a lot. It is a link to the two worlds. The world of deceptive reality and the world of fantastical reality.
The phenomenon might have subsided, but in my vision, I have a new story to tell.
Thank you for checking out this blog!
If you could see the phenomenon in your country, leave your experience in the comments! Looking forward to read them!
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