It was definitely worth being woken up in the middle of the night (2:30am) by my Mom to watch the partial lunar eclipse out of the bathroom window! 😁
This type of partial lunar eclipse has not occurred since 1440 and could be seen in North and South America, Australia, much of Europe and Asia, and parts of northwest Africa. We can take the opportunity to time travel a little bit and imagine the World in that time. Columbus had not yet discovered the Americas, and our ancestors might have observed it and interpreted it in their ways, in their separate hemispheres, unaware of each other.
The sky was unbelievably clear in Larchmont last night (perhaps because it was an oddly warm November day that brought rain in the evening and cleaned the atmosphere?) and the moon had a beautiful bright gold-yellow-red-brown-grey gradation of color from the earth's shadow! It was an echo to the explosion of colors of this year's stunning Fall foliage I have been enjoying on my drive to work.
Mom had her binoculars ready and we passed them around for 8 minutes of drama until the eclipse reached its peak. She observed that the moon appeared more 3 dimensional than the bright crescent and disc we are used to seeing at night. We also saw a tiny cluster of stars above the moon that was extremely crisp and far away, in the shape of a small dipper... pretty incredible!
Dad woke up and saw it too but I'm not sure how much he remembers, il était "dans le cirage" comme on dit.
visible anywhere the Moon is above the horizon during the eclipse