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.   

 

Mid eclipse: clouds and sunspot AR2192

Mid eclipse: clouds and sunspot AR2192

Solar: Sun setting in clouds partially eclipsed.

Sun setting in clouds

Eclipse every  4 minutes through the trees at Voinovich Park.

Every 4 minutes through the trees at Voinovich Park

Sunspot AR2192 mid-eclipse

Sunspot AR2192 mid-eclipse

Projection of the eclipse image by Gary Kader through an 1874 Alvan Clark refractor.

Projection of the eclipse image by Gary Kader through an 1874 Alvan Clark refractor

 

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.

Total lunar eclipse and Empire State Building.

Total lunar eclipse and Empire State Building.

Moon and cloud in mid-eclipse.

Moon and cloud in mid-eclipse.

Total lunar eclipse as moon sets behind Manhattan skyline.

Total lunar eclipse as moon sets behind Manhattan skyline.

Partial phase of total lunar eclipse as moon sets behind Manhattan skyline.

Partial phase of total lunar eclipse as moon sets behind Manhattan skyline.

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