spring snow angel

the moon marks the sun
in spectacular eclipse
the seasons progress

the grey march passes
through fresh snow and freezing rain
the broken sky weeps

in the crack’d earth seeds
shudder in grateful release
drinking heavens tears

2 Responses to “spring snow angel”

  1. Kenny Lazarus Says:

    Is it interesting that the eclipse came right near the solstice, or does it make complete astronomical sense? I’m not sure I believe in coincidences, especially on an astronomical scale. I’m asking you because i am fairly certain your understanding of planetary cosmology is much better than mine!

  2. It’s just a couple of cycles that sync up occasionally. Just under every six months (171.31 days-half a year is 182.5 days) there is a 34 day period known as an eclipse season during which any full moon will be eclipsed and any new moon will eclipse the sun. Because it takes the moon 29.5 days to complete its cycle there is always at least one lunar and solar eclipse but never more than a total of three syzygys per eclipse season; cycles are always shifting in comparison to our calendar but the rhythm is consistent like the tides. Since the moon’s orbit is elliptical it varies in distance from Earth and so when it is at perigee (when it is closest and often referred to as a ‘Supermoon’) its disk covers more of the sun during an eclipse which creates a more dramatic totality; the moon was at perigee for the equinox eclipse which made it very impressive. Because of this, not every eclipse is total or consistent in duration or coverage. They also can occur anywhere on Earth: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150315.html

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