The Lunar Eclipse – From The Lower East Side

Big thanks to photographer and L.E.S. resident Pat Arnow for sharing these amazing photos of last night’s lunar eclipse.  They were taken from her balcony just hours before the winter solstice was about to begin. She must have had to bundle up!  (More after the jump.)

Luckily, the skies were clear down here on the Lower East Side, so we (those of us awake) were able to watch the bright, full moon pass through the earth’s shadow beginning at about 1:30am. It turned a stunning red-ish brown color, giving it a three-dimensional effect like I’ve never seen, and then “came out the other side” by about 5am this morning. It was an extremely rare occasion — the last time a solstice and a full lunar eclipse occurred on the same day was almost 400 years ago (in 1638).