|3:14 a.m. lunar eclipse as seen from somewhere in the Village.|
From a balcony in the village once known to the Dutch as Noortwyck (present-day Greenwich Village), the moon looked full, orange-red, and dimensional, as the shadow of the Earth gave it shape. As the moon passed into eclipse and darkened, other stars that normally would not appear to the naked eye in the Manhattan sky revealed themselves. It was a beautiful and rare starry sky, but the star-struck night was hard to capture on a mobile phone.
Three hours later, the moon hung low and shimmering over the village. Its final setting was, in fact, elegant.
The next event of a lunar eclipse coinciding with the winter solstice is scheduled for 2094.
Images by Walking Off the Big Apple, taken with an iPhone 4, HDR Pro app, in the wee hours of December 21, 2010.