On Sunday, September 27, the High Line played compere to stargazers eagerly awaiting the sight of the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse. Beginning at 9 p.m., more than 400 sky watchers gathered in the park to witness the rare occurrence of both a super blood moon and a lunar eclipse.
But what exactly is a supermoon? A supermoon occurs when a full moon is closest to the Earth. The moon appears significantly larger in the sky. And if you happened to notice the reddish-orange tint to the moon, that shade was a result of the lunar eclipse. Simply put, the moon shifted behind the Earth's shadow.
Astronomy enthusiasts and casual moongazers mingled on the Diller – von Furstenberg Sundeck and enjoyed a cash bar presented by Terroir at The Porch. Telescopes and binoculars were available courtesy of the Amateur Astronomers Association, while the F-Tones duo charmed the crowd with acoustic melodies.
"It was an enchanting evening. The quiet of the crowd and the violin playing was unusual in this noisy city, and all those upturned faces looking in wonder at this ancient phenomenon was quite moving."
– Marcia, a High Line stargazer.
And in case you missed it, the next supermoon eclipse will arrive in 2033. But don't fret! Come out and enjoy our weekly stargazing events on the High Line, which take place on Tuesdays through the end of October .
See you at dusk!