On Monday evening I ventured over to Roseberry Topping in anticipation of the ‘Supermoon’. Due to pass closer to the Earth than it has done in over 68 years, the moon was expected to be noticeably bigger and brighter than usual.
Finding a suitable spot to watch from on Roseberry Common, I waited.
At first, only a glimmer of light could be seen on the horizon. Then, rising, the light grew more intense, more vivid and slipped slowly into the sky. Unfortunately, the cloudy conditions hampered any clear views of the moon itself but nevertheless, it was still quite a sight to watch. With the cloud scattering the light, it reminded me of a sunrise. A moonrise.
Later in the evening, after returning home, the cloud did momentarily clear and I watched the naked moon for a short spell from my back doorstep. It settled in the open sky and the moonlight fell into my small garden, creating moonshadow.
Before I returned inside from the cold, I grabbed my binoculars and took an even closer look. My circular vision basked briefly in the glory of the white light and the detail of the moonscape.
“The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light.”
– Tahereh Mafi