My stress levels are as high as I've ever known and thanks to a bad back and two very dodgy knees my health isn't what it should be. The UK government is soon to release the results of its Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) and I'm unsure if I'll have a job next year. This seems to have been going on for two or three years now ever since the STFC was formed and although that crisis had nothing to do with the global financial meltdown the CSR might result in a disaster for UK science and especially for those who work in pure science such as astronomy.
Arriving back home today, edgy as always with the current situation, I noticed the moon setting behind my neighbour's trees. I could see the dark side of the moon illuminated by sunlight reflected from the Earth (earthshine) and for a few minutes my mind was distracted enough to have a little fun! Shame my camera just isn't up to it though!
From the lanai:
You can see some of the craters in this shot but not a lot of earthshine. Our trade winds have become strong this evening thanks to a high pressure system north of us over the Pacific Ocean but strangely enough the winds at my place were relatively calm. Just a few hundred feet above me the clouds were zipping through, so I guess the trades are back they just haven't got through the tree barrier just east of me!
The clouds made it difficult. The moon was there one moment and gone the next.
Finally a shot of earthshine - it did mean the illuminated bit of the moon was overexposed but it's almost impossible to avoid that. And it meant a few minutes being distracted from everything that's going on at the moment, and for that I was very grateful!