The streets of downtown San Antonio were near-comatose Sunday night, except for a few groups of tourists and conventioneers in search of an open restaurant, packs of bored youth roaming around without a plan, and homeless people asking for money or a cigarette. Above them all was a miniature red moon, known astronomically as a total lunar eclipse, which hung somewhere around 70 degrees in the eastern night sky for nearly 1½ hours. Most were aware of the lunar eclipse, especially those on scooters who made reference to it as they whipped around Alamo Plaza. One man sat on a stone bench across from the Alamo and gazed up at the cosmos. Every now and then you’d see a photographer running around, looking for a spot to capture it in context with a landmark (see this entire post). Around midnight, a brightness started to creep in on the moon’s bottom rim as the redness began to wear off. Two couples sat inside the Thai Lucky restaurant, which looked far from closing, on Navarro Street. Who knew they stayed open that late? — Ben Olivo | @rbolivo | Heron editor
Heron Editor Ben Olivo has been writing about downtown San Antonio since 2008, first for mySA.com, then for the San Antonio Express-News. He co-founded the Heron in 2018, and can be reached at 210-421-3932 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @rbolivo on Twitter
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