snarklyboojum: (a demon and an englishman)
This was very close to the view from my back-porch tonight. Apparently, the first of only two lunar eclipses this year occurred tonight, and the last total eclipse until 2010. (And how weird is it to write 2010 as a realistic date? I feel like I should be traveling in bubble cars and wearing a stylishly pastel jogging suit or something. I want my jetpack!)

It really was amazing to witness, and I would have gladly camped out to watch the whole thing if it weren't frigidly cold outside. I made do with periodic checks out the back door and copious amounts of hot coffee, which probably accounts for my jittery typing and loss of creative vocabulary.

As neat as it was, you know what I kept thinking? I have never once read an HP fic dealing with lunar eclipses. I know! This is ripe grounds for plucking, my fic-writing friends! Think about it - the scenarios are nigh-endless. They happen at least twice a year, but the severity of darkness changes.

Can anyone rec me some good eclipse fic? I'm in need of some good Remus-writing anyway, and this idea is slowly taking over my brain.

I witness a lovely scientific event and can think of nothing but fanfic. I fully admit to my geekhood, and embrace all you throw my way. /DORK
snarklyboojum: (she always did love to dance)
You know, I always liked Pluto. I think it has something to do with a report I did on it in elementary school. All the other kids were excited because their planets had rings and cool gasses, and there I was with little tiny Pluto, hanging out on the other side of the galaxy. I was a little disappointed, until in my research (I always was a dorky kid - researching was cool then, too) I came across an illustrated book on the solar system. The entry for Pluto was from an angle of standing on the planet's surface, and staring up at the sun and other planets light years away from you. The surface rocks were blue and bare, and there was this pervasive sense of quiet and loneliness...

I liked it, and it obviously left quite an impression if I can remember a specific drawing sixteen or so years later. In my weird and warping way I decided that Pluto was a planet with personality, and though it wasn't as flashy as the other bodies floating around out there, it deserved an essay or two written about it, as well.

It's strange. It doesn't matter one way or the other, because it's still Pluto and I haven't had anything to do with astronomy before or since, but I miss the little guy already.

Link: "It's all my fault," Brown said at a press conference at Caltech Thursday. "I may go down in history as the guy who killed Pluto."


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