Tonight/early morning, there was a total lunar eclipse–“the first time in 372 years that a total lunar eclipse also marks the beginning of the winter solstice,” according to the New York Times. From my perspective here in Hoboken, it was beautiful. The moon was a deep red, and at 3:05 a.m. or so I could see the eclipse ending. (I think my California friends may have been jealous, since they’re currently experiencing a “Pineapple Express“–severe thunderstorms from Hawaii–and could not see the eclipse for themselves).
The eclipse could be seen with Google Earth’s sky feature via Slooh. For more information and to see photos, check out the NASA website and the NASA Flickr group. And between midnight and 5 a.m. Eastern Time, NASA is hosting a Q & A with astronomer Mitzi Adams. If you want to read more about it on Twitter, the hashtag is #eclipsenyt.