Name the artist of that song, all you music trivia types! No Googling allowed!

A lot of people don't know that The Caterpillar, in addition to being a pretty effective chick magnet (you know... er... if I were into such things...) makes a handy dandy alarm clock. That is, if the alarm clock you are used to is broken and wakes you up at random odd intervals throughout the night, only to tell you to go back to sleep with no real purpose for getting you up.

I love astronomical events and I almost always try to catch a glimpse. I was always the kid who begged her parents to let her sleep outside on the grass so she could watch the meteor shower and then saw one, count them one, falling star because we lived way too close to a large metropolitan area and the light pollution blocked them all out. But the very next time a meteor shower comes around, guess who's sleeping on the lawn again?

There have been two other total lunar eclipses (as well as two partial solar eclipses) this past year and I missed them all. The next time we'll see a lunar eclipse is in December 2010. So how nice of The Caterpillar was it to wake up crying and then go back to sleep just in time for me to catch these photos? She's thoughtful like that.

In a way, staring into a computer screen is like staring into an eclipse. It's brilliant and you don't realize the damage until its too late."

- Bruce Sterling