"when the moon waxes red" is the title of a book by the poet theorist Trinh Minh-ha.
Cool. Red lunar eclispe over manhattan ... From the article:
"Mike Ealay, a 60-year-old architect who wandered over to the observatory to watch the eclipse, said the red color of the moon made it look like a close-up version of Mars.
"'I think it's quite exciting. It's like having the red planet on your doorstep,' he said."