On this night in 2000, nature put on a heavenly show for free: The total eclipse of the moon.
For the first time in nearly three years, the full moon passed through the Earth's shadow. This celestial spectacle began at 10:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and could be seen by most of the western hemisphere and all of North and South America. The moon was totally inside the earth's shadow (the umbra) from 11:05 p.m. to 12:22 a.m. EST.
"Totality...(was) particularly dramatic in North America, where the red Moon... (burned) high overhead in a dark and crisp winter sky," according to the astronomy experts at Sky & Telescope.
Unlike a solar eclipse, the lunar show could be seen or photographed with the naked eye. The Milky Way and stars shared their talents with the brilliant sky, creating a visual celebration not to be missed.
The stage set, the perfect time for nocturnal magic. And as psychologist Gregory Lousig-Nont once said, "Tonight, before I go to bed, I'll go outside and raise my eyes to the heavens. I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and the moon, and I will praise God for these magnificent treasures."
All ya gotta do is look up... And breathe!