"Starry Night," 1889
Van Gogh

"Eclipse," painting done on iPhone, 2011

In the dark, early morning on this past December 10th, there was a total lunar eclipse! And if we could keep our eyes open, all of us in the Northern hemisphere could see this amazing event. A total lunar eclipse occurs at full moon only, but the sun, earth and moon have to be in perfect alignment. There was a partial lunar eclipse viewed from France in 1880. Scholars think it is very likely Van Gogh saw this heavenly event and was inspired to paint “Starry Night.” Did you see the eclipse?