Monday, 21 June 2010

The longest night

This morning when I stepped outside for my stroll to the train station, I was greeted by thick, damp, predawn fog. It struck me as a most appropriate and atmospheric opening to midwinter's day. The gloom cast by the overhanging cloud held the dawn at bay far longer than it should have, so that the shortest day of the year felt even further truncated.

I have been witnessing the dawn from the train platform for the past few weeks now -- we have an excellent view in fact, since our platform is raised above the rooftops. We've seen many crimson blushes staining the eastern horizon, the display getting later and later with each passing morning, hurtling towards today.

Tomorrow will be no different. It's also the shortest day (all 9h32m30s of it) but unless there is a sister fog will undoubtedly feel less oppressive. So it's fairly safe to say that from here the days will dawn brighter and longer, as the sun commences its return. Meanwhile, we have the longest night tonight.

In other celestial news, there is evidently a partial eclipse of the moon coming up on Saturday night between 8:17 and 11:00pm. This is when the full moon is obscured by the shadow of the earth. How exciting.

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