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Art Walk - Lunar Eclipse at the Tidal Basin

Our next Art Walk will explore the Tidal Basin on a day of the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century when the moon will turn blood red as the Earth's shadow blocks the sun.

Full moon night in DC
Full moon night in DC
Art Walk is our regular event series, where we walk through the different parts of DC, Maryland and Virginia, taking photos, as we explore art, architecture, culture and history while having a fun time outdoors.

Lunar Eclipse at the Tidal Basin

We will start our Art Walk at the Washington Monument and walk towards the Tidal Basin where we will take pictures from different locations while exploring the national monuments at sunset.

Geometry of a Lunar Eclipse derived from NASA images
Geometry of a Lunar Eclipse derived from NASA images
A total lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and blocks any direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. When this happens, the Moon can turn red, due to the earth's shadow earning it the nickname of Blood Moon.

During a lunar eclipse, even though the Earth blocks sunlight from directly reaching the surface of the moon, it is still visible because Earth's atmosphere bends sunlight and indirectly lights up the Moon's surface. The colors with shorter wavelengths get scattered and filtered out, while colors like orange and red, which have longer wavelengths passes through the atmosphere.

Lunar eclipse by Alfredo Garcia
Lunar eclipse by Alfredo Garcia
Note: Although the rest of the world will experience this celestial show, it will not be visible from North America.

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The July 27 Blood Moon will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. Middle East and Greece will be the prime locations to see it.

It is considered to be the longest eclipse of the century since the Moon will also be at its most distant point from Earth in its monthly orbit, making the Moon appear smaller in the night sky and taking it longer to completely pass through the Earth’s shadow.

Light Snacks and Drinks

We will stop along the way for a short break, so you can bring some light snacks and drinks for yourself.

After the event, we can break into smaller groups and get coffee, drinks or food depending on individual preferences.

Competition Rules

Take as many pictures as you would like but only upload two of your best photos for the Art Walk contest. Both the photos must be uploaded after completion of the Art Walk.

  • Our judges, some who will be nominated from among our members will then judge the best photos and the overall winner. We will feature the best photos on our website and the winner will receive our award.
  • The criteria for judging will be based on the artistic creativity, uniqueness of the photo composition and picture framing besides having a stimulating effect. The photo, must also capture the theme specified in the contest.
  • A winner for the best photo will be announced three days after the Art Walk by our judges. The winner can pick the prize at any of our future Art Walk events.
  • The winner will be invited as our guest, for our next Art Walk event.

During the event we will allocate a time frame for stopping at different locations before we continue with our walk.

Photography is more importantly an art of composing the story of an interesting moment and sharing your artistic creation with others.

The most important thing is to have fun enjoying the outdoors and the interesting company of our diverse group of participants.

Getting There

The easiest way to reach our meeting point which is the Washington Monument is by taking either the Smithsonian Metro or Federal Triangle, both on the Blue/Orange/Silver lines.

While the Federal Triangle stop is technically closer, at 12th and Pennsylvania Ave NW, the Smithsonian stop is the easiest – it’s a straight walk down the Mall.

We will meet at the base of the Monument, on the side facing the Lincoln memorial.

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Event Details


Description: Explore the lunar eclipse at the Tidal Basin as we compete for the best photo for our Art walk contest.

Date/Time: Friday July 27th, 2018 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Admission: Free for Grapes & Grains members

Meeting Place

6:30 pm - Washington Monument
2 15th St. NW Washington, DC 20024


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