North America saw two eclipses in October- a total lunar eclipse on Oct. 8 and a partial solar eclipse on Oct. 23. Much of the northeast was clouded over for the solar eclipse, the moon would not have much of “bite” taken out of the sun anyway at our longitude. So I drove to Cleveland, the nearest big city with a clear forecast. I met up the the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association members who were having a public eclipse viewing event at Voinovich Park along Lake Erie and near the downtown. The sky was clear up until the horizon, when just before sunset clouds obscured the sun, though making for some dramatic photos.
The Oct. 8 lunar eclipse was visible from my vantage point in Queens looking at the Manhattan skyline over the East River. The moon became totally eclipsed as the sky was brightening just before sunrise.