January 20: Total Lunar Eclipse

Bundle up! You’re invited to a special offsite viewing of the Total Lunar Eclipse on Sunday January 20, 2019. No viewing glasses needed!

Beginning at 9:30 pm, join us for a night of astronomy programs in the Gateway Building located at 3556 Lakeshore Rd. in Blasdell (14219). Outside, our astronomers will be on hand to facilitate a mid-winter tour of the winter sky. Highlights include a bloody supermoon — featuring a total lunar eclipse where the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, turning the moon red — setting Mars, and a backdrop of winter constellations such as the Pleiades and Orion.

Inside, you can warm up with hot beverages and snacks while attending one of our science talks in the auditorium or while enjoying hands-on science activities in the lobby. All ages welcome. Admission TBD.

Schedule

9:30 pm     Doors open, telescopes ready, indoor activities commence

9:36 pm     Penumbral Eclipse begins (Earth’s shadow touches Moon’s face)

10:33 pm   Partial eclipse begins — Moon begins to turn red

11:41 pm   Total eclipse begins — Completely red moon

12:12 am   Maximum eclipse

12:30 am   Program concludes; eclipse wanes until 1:50 am

Special Weather Note: Due to the unpredictability of our January weather, we will not offer advance tickets to this event. Please follow us on Facebook for program updates. If the event is canceled, we will post this news first to social media.

Image Credit: Jim Maroney/The Great Big Sky

More info: https://moon.nasa.gov/about/lunar-eclipses/

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