Just kidding of course. I mean, yes, I did get up early to a perfectly clear sky and drove to the country with hopes of seeing Comet ISON before dawn, but clouds appeared as though summoned by black magic. No comet, a hour or two of sleep lost. Yes, I was disappointed but not too much.
A wiry crescent moon appeared in the east on the ride home providing just enough motivation to stop and park the car one more time. What a sight. Not just the crescent but the spectacular earthshine, that dusky husk of light that encloses the remainder of the moon. A reminder that Earth reflects sunlight too. Light from our glowing globe touches the ancient lunar soil and returns to us dimly. There’s ocean in that light, green trees, dark continents and yes, clouds. Lots of clouds.