Tuesday, May 31, 2011

James Attlee, author of Nocturne: A Journey In Search of Moonlight, talks about his exploration of a vanishing resource -- moonlight.


James Attlee

Comments [17]

ariel from brooklyn

there is even a song about getting caught between the moon and new york one ever sang about a billboard or something

May. 31 2011 10:46 PM
nyginko from upperwestside

I've seen the light of the moon through Peter Tagatac's telescopes in Central Park. Look at Peter is a knowledgeable astronomer, and he shares his telescope and what he knows while inviting all (tall ones and tiny ones, adults and children) to look at this memorable view. I can recall now face after face and the look of "moonstruck" after each one has seen this extraordinary sight.
I've caught moonlight coming through my apartment windows and onto my east facing balcony, too.

May. 31 2011 01:31 PM

I've heard it pronounced "Tyron" and "Tryon". I guess that is why god created horse races!

May. 31 2011 01:12 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Arrgh! It's Fort *Tryon* Park, not Fort Tyron! But yes, it's a great place for moonwatching, esp. if you can see the moon over the George Washington Bridge.

But even better sometimes is Inwood Hill Park. The Overlook Meadow has no streetlamps, so it's dark enough to really see the moon, as well as the stars & planets (

One more note--on nights when there's a lunar eclipse, during the periods before & after the eclipse itself starts, the moon is in a partial shadow (penumbra). You can still see it, but the glow is reduced & you can see its features much better. It's really beautiful!

May. 31 2011 12:13 PM
John Huntington from Brooklyn

The moon is strong enough in Brooklyn that I even have shot a moon-shadow time lapse:

May. 31 2011 12:07 PM
Ruth from Brooklyn

I remember during the blackout several years ago, it took me 8 hours to get home to brooklyn. I walked by moonlight which was showing so incredibly brightly, I felt as though the sky was lit up. Everything was so brightly lit even though it was past 11pm! I had absolutely no trouble seeing even the smallest details outside.

May. 31 2011 12:01 PM
Josh from nYC

When I was in the army and we were in the field, it was the moon at night through the trees that made me feel both at home and far from home all at the same time.

May. 31 2011 12:00 PM

I am living in the Montains by Madrid Spain and I can enjoy the most beatiful moon lite

May. 31 2011 11:58 AM

And kudos to the NYC based astronomy groups who have lobbied for dark parks for better viewing.

May. 31 2011 11:57 AM
Footprint from Queens

It wasn't until I lived in the Nevada desert, 30 miles west of Elko, without electricity, which I did for over 2 years, that I truly understood the moon phases.
The glory of moonlight, and of feeling truly part of the cosmos, is profoundly missed.

May. 31 2011 11:57 AM
Yusef Jeffries-El

Jacob Riis Beach in Queens (a few miles past Floyd Bennett Field on Flatbush Avenue). After a certain time late in the night, the boardwalk lights are turned off.
You don't get total dark skies because you are still too close to the city, but it's a lot darker than most of the city.

May. 31 2011 11:57 AM

From my little cabin in Sullivan Co, NY I look out my windows when the moon is full on summer nights and see pools of moonlight shimmering on my yard between the trees. It never fails to fill me with delight.

May. 31 2011 11:56 AM
sher from Lower manhattan

my perpetual challenge is trying to glimpse the NEW Moon - that tiny eyelash crescent - especially from Manhattan - usually obscured by clouds, buildings, etc. but maybe once/year on a clear winter evening (when the sun sets early) I can catch a glimpse from the Highline.

May. 31 2011 11:56 AM
james from brooklyn

Top of Loveland Pass, Co.

Pull your car over and midnight back country ski or snowboard under the full moon... and hitch a ride back to the top!

May. 31 2011 11:55 AM
Neeraj from New York

Watch the Taj Mahal on a full moon night. If you are planning a trip, make sure it is close to a full moon day. The Taj is kept open for visitors specifically on these nights. I've experienced it first-hand, its surreal !

May. 31 2011 11:55 AM
Troy from Carroll Gardens

Just want to make sure you all also know about the premiere of the City Dark documentary at Rooftop Films this weekend. Seems oddly very related.

May. 31 2011 11:54 AM

Light pollution has made it nearly impossible to connect with the cosmos in NYC and most other environments. Just about the only celestial body visible is the moon. For over 30 years I have had the good fortune to live in a NYC apartment with 3 six foot windows facing east offering a nearly unobstructed view of the sky. The moon has been a constant companion -- the full moon shines directly into these windows and I follow the phases depending on when the moon rises. The full moon creates beautiful shadows inside my living room. I have watched several lunar eclipses with great enjoyment.

May. 31 2011 11:52 AM

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