Blood Moon Representation

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I got up this morning very early. My goal was to see the lunar eclipse, which in Plano, Texas, occurred between 5:25 and 5:35AM CST today (October 8, 2014). A total eclipse is often called a blood moon. The Incans and Mayans had a wonderful story where the jaguar would eat the moon. Hence the reddish color. The sky was very clear up until 5:30 when a few clouds obscured the viewing. A lunar eclipse is when the earth is between the moon and the sun. Just prior to the eclipse, there was a sliver of white from the sun on the right side (toward the West). But then, the eclipse happened, and it was very impressive. I tried capturing it with my iPhone. Nothing worked correctly. I kept getting pop-up messages about the phone wanting to access my photos, and then I must have pressed the "selfie" mode by mistake and I was taking pictures of myself.  I couldn't see the phone (forgot the reading glasses). After a while, I put down the technology and just spent my time experiencing. The lesson here is that, at the core, it is our personal experience that precedes any art or science that we may do with the world. We can re-create our experience, thus creating something we call art so we can share our experience with others. Or we can observe and find patterns: science. Just before I headed back home, I kept on hearing a song in my head that would not go away: "And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too. I'll see you on the dark side of the moon."  Pink Floyd. And then it occurred to me that we were all, for an instant, on the dark side.