What is the story? - It is all about a
“Total Lunar Eclipse" that was occurring early on 12/21/10 to coincide with the winter solstice.
This had not happened since 1688.
One friend had a bad cold. Another felt it was too cold.
So after trolling the internet, I found that the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York was welcoming people to come to Columbia University to see this historic event.
Taking a 2 hour nap from 10 p.m. to 12 I dressed for the occasion - grabbed my camera with telephoto lens and my tripod and taxied to 116th Street and Broadway.
Arriving at the quiet vacant campus I was greeted by a security guard.
Awaiting the event I was welcomed by various members, students and professors of the Columbia University Astronomy Club.
As we chatted we occasionally looked to the sky in a slightly south west direction to start.
The sky was clear and the moon appeared to be hanging out there suspended as if one could reach out and pluck it.
A smudge started to cross the bright white moon. It had begun. darker, darker, dark. an orange glow and then a fading out mainly because of clouds moving in.
We were fortunate In NYC - In NJ they had clouds.
A reminder of the wonderful city we live in where nobody sleeps.