In the constellation of Leo the Lion, in the southeast portion of the sky in conjunction with the planet Saturn, an eclipse of the Moon occurred on Wednesday night, February 20, at 10:51 pm. Lunar eclipses traditionally have been viewed as bad omens, for it can awaken irrational passions. But this year, it occurred on my birthday. Rebecca joined me at the Observatory at Drew for a telescopic view of the red eclipsed moon over Madison. What a majestic, other worldly sight it was.

Earlier in the week, we took a pleasant morning hike in the Great Swamp where ducks and geese of many varieties enjoyed with us a rare 65% degree Spring day in the middle of winter.

Breakfast in bed, a sushi lunch, time with family, and cards from many dear friends–all made for a wonderful birthday celebration of 55 years planet earth.