The Partial Lunar Eclipse and Blood Moon

Rarely do all of the stars align, literally and figuratively, as they did around 4:00 AM, EST, last night.

In Central New York, cloudy skies usually hide major celestial events, but, last night was the exception. As if on cue for connoisseurs of astrological phenomena, a clear, pitch-black sky revealed brilliant, sparkling stars overhead, with an amazing event unfolding in their midst: the longest partial eclipse and blood moon in 580 years!

At its peak, the spectacle was fleeting, less than 30 minutes to be sure, but the image of the night sky of November 19, 2021 appears in great detail every time I close my eyes.

Photo by NB Hunter, 19Nov2019 @ 3:45 AM, EST. All Rights Reserved.