Friday, January 29, 2010

Goodnight Moon


"Moon" is Inara's new favorite word. She points up at it, whether it appears in the afternoon sky or at night, and says with a big smile, "Moooon!"

So maybe it's fitting, for me at least, that this has been the view across much of the United States over the last couple of nights: a halo around the moon.

11 comments:

Alanna said...

That's so adorable. This light refraction is also dubbed a "moon dog". awwwooooo Inara!

C NJ said...

I assume by the title of the post, you have a copy of Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. We found ours with a small toy dolll of the bunny in the story.

I have been reading that story to my daughter for 10 years and it is has become her nighttime ritual.

I am in night classes and have to call her on break and sing it to her.

Fungi said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hulF_g5_4uY

Austin said...

A few fun facts:

There is no permanent "dark side" to the moon; the same side faces us and changes "phases".

There's no such thing as a perfect "full moon", since the only time we would see such from Earth (100% full view of the illuminated area), the Earth is right between the moon and the sun, causing a lunar eclipse.

The moon doesn't orbit the Earth; they both orbit a common center of mass that's some 3000 miles from the center of the Earth.

If you could drive vertically in a car, it'd take you 2 hours to get to the space station at 60 mph; at the same speed, you'd take over 5 months to get to the moon.

Most people look up at the moon... but a few gifted individuals have learned to look out at it.

Anonymous said...

Halo around the moon = impending snow. Closer the halo to the moon the sooner the storm. :)

Anonymous said...

She is so lucky to have you as a dad.

Melissa said...

tonight is the biggest and brightest full moon of the year...with Mars right next door to it...
I encourage you to stand outside sometime tonight and send Inara a sweet thought...a wish upon a star if you will...

lakelady said...

there's some small comfort in knowing that no matter where you are you're looking up at the same Moooon.

And Austin, while your facts may be "fun" there's no poetry left in them and they make you come off like a pompous nerdy prick. Looking up or looking out makes no difference if you don't know how to dance naked in the moonlight.

sorry for the rant but the moon round here is hiding herself behind yet more rainclouds and I'm feeling grumpy

blackbird said...

As I drove into Toronto last evening I was amazed by the moon. It was so low in the sky so it looked HUGE, fake even, and sometimes appeared to be "sitting" on top of the highrises.

I love moments of wonder like that and also love knowing that others are enjoying the same moon I'm transfixed by.

I too, have read "Goodnight Moon" to my 3 kids...and at first thought it strange, but grew to appreciate the serenity of it (if it`s read in a slow, calm cadence) as did my children.

Thanks for this post.

Randy said...

m-o-o-n... that spells moon!

CNNfan said...

Alanna,
Is Mars (I'm wondering) viewable near the moon? My best bet is that it's located at 7 O'clock, inside the halo.