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    Posted April 17, 2014 by
    Jersey City, New Jersey
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    Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse over Manhattan

    Stargazing...many people are into it, many more dream of it. So there's no surprise that, when a lunar eclipse-- even more, a blood moon total lunar eclipse--is about to happen, everybody starts looking up to the night sky.

    And the view is magnificent, especially when there are no clouds (or even worse, a pretty thick cloud cover) to cover it all.

    So, as I did while photographing the total lunar eclipse on December 21st, 2010 (and, yes, I got a few shots of a very reddish moon then), this past Monday night I set my camera ready for the lunar event. I did stay up all night to get 'the shot,' but clouds and weather getting ready for the rainy day to follow were not on my side.

    The moon appeared from behind Manhattan skyline, full and round and bright. And it continued to follow its way rising higher and higher into the night sky, sometimes (most of the time) behind thick, black passing clouds.

    I started to photograph it, and did get a few shots. And then I noticed a bright orange/red halo around the moon, as a fiery a ring surrounded it.

    And then, finally, the eclipse actually started to happen. All of a sudden, the moon was not full moon anymore, but partially covered by shadow, the bright red ring around it intensifying in color (or so it seemed to me). A moment later, it entirely disappeared behind the black impenetrable layer of black clouds, never to reappear again that night. Or maybe it did, hidden behind high-rises or the infinite heights of the night's sky.

    Here are a few images I took Monday late evening and night. I'm already looking forward to the blood moon eclipse that will take place in October of this year.
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