Parhelion
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Forenoon watch, 7 bells (11:56 am)

Parhelion

I caught a picture of this parhelion yesterday evening.

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Lunar Eclipse Tonight
First dog watch, 3 bells (5:31 pm)

If you live in North America tonight you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to witness a total lunar eclipse!

Time	Description
9:53pm	Moon enters penumbra (pale part of Earth's shadow)
10:39	Penumbral shadow appears
10:58	Moon enters umbra (Earth's dark shadow)
11:49	75% coverage
12:01	Near totality – this is where you really want to pay attention
12:06	Total eclipse begins – once this happens, the rest is the same but backwards
12:46	Middle of totality
1:24	Total eclipse ends
1:41	75% coverage
2:33	Moon leaves umbra
2:53	Penumbra shadow fades
3:37	Moon leaves penumbra

Here is an album from a total eclipse in 2008. I took those pictures with a digital camera through my old telescope.

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The Future is Here!
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Afternoon watch, 6 bells (3:15 pm)

My blogging software auto-updated itself last night. I've been blogging since 2003 and this is the first fully automatic, hands-off upgrade I've ever had. It's amazing.

I wouldn't be surprised if this was a service on some site that someone else ran, but it's my site, on my hardware.

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Back to Normal
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Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:58 am)

Lorien seems to be right back to normal—it's 11am and she's still asleep.

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Almost There…
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Afternoon watch, 2 bells (1:14 pm)

I just talked to Lorien on her cell phone and she is in Denver. Her flight doesn't leave until 9-something tonight though, arriving in Spokane at 11:30pm. She's been gone exactly one month, which ended up being less than I expected. That being said, I'm glad she's almost home. And I know one cat that will be overjoyed as well.

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On the Way Home
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Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:50 am)

Lorien has started her journey home. Yesterday afternoon (for her) she hopped on the bus to Pekanbaru where the airport is. She'll spend a night in Singapore again (she said the airport there is really nice), then fly to Narita->Denver->Spokane, arriving at 11:30pm Thursday.

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