Today is National Moon Day

Today is National Moon Day

As you may know, today marks exactly 50 years since Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Lunar soil.

It is, indeed, a monumental occasion. For so many reasons.

One of the many things that have happened as a result of this historic mission is that today, July 20th, has become National Moon Day.

So today we look back over that amazing achievement. It is, in my estimation, the Crown Jewel for NASA and quite possibly for the US.

I will never, never forget what I was doing at the moment Mr Armstrong thrilled our Nation and the world with this stellar feat of human achievement.

And it’s a very good time to just reflect on how awesome it is to have our luminous and singular moon.

And to think about space exploration and new vistas in general.

It’s ever onward and upward!

“Moondog Ben” Basile

© 2019 Ben Lawrence Basile

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

Happy Moon Day 2018, Folks!

Happy Moon Day 2018, Folks!

Yes, it is National Moon Day today. We observe it on July 20th each year because Neil Armstrong first walk on the Moon’s surface on this date back in 1969.

And, yes, I do remember exactly what I was doing on the day! I was touring the U.S. with a high school choral group called the Young Floridians in Concert. We were sponsored by Central Florida YFC and were travelling through upstate New York on that day, heading for our next show.

To help in some small way to mark this auspicious day, I’m contributing one of my own Moon shots I like the best.

You’re welcome!

If you’d like to leave a comment, especially if you have a story to share about what you were doing on that day, please feel free!

 

“Moondog Ben” Basile

 

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

 

This Amazing View of Tonight’s Full Moon Is Brought to You By…

This Amazing View of Tonight’s Full Moon Is Brought to You By…

Many of you know I’m passionate about pix. Amateur photography is such an awesome thing.

Tonight’s full moon is so beautiful. This photo is the first time I’ve ever done a “moon shot” with any cam other than a cell phone. I like the way it turned out. (A Canon Power Shot, if you’re curious; nothing too fancy.)

I had a chance to go camping again this week. Some of you probably read those entries. The moon was not quite full Monday night/Tuesday morning but bathing her beams until about 2 AM was way too much fun.

I knew that she would be full by tonight so I had to take a look. Oh my! The moon shadows are so good! That’s one of the things I like best about doing outdoors-type stuff, camping especially. If you like moon play, you’ve got to get the hell out of the house sometimes, right?

This may not be the best or most-detailed moon pic you’ve ever seen. But it’s my fave. Hands down.

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile