Saturday, February 13, 2016


Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing

Free Telescope Viewing

4/14/2014 10:00:00 PM-4/15/2014 2:00:00 AM

Located: CSN Planetarium & Student Observatory

Contact: Planetarium Staff

If the weather is clear, the CSN Planetarium and Student Observatory will be open for the public starting at 10 pm with a brief lecture on eclipses in The Planetarium by CSN Astronomy Professor David Goldwater.  Please note that seating in The Planetarium is limited to a maximum of 75 people who will be seated in the order of arrival until our capacity is reached.  At the conclusion of the lecture, we will be showing our feature fulldome presentation Back to the Moon for Good.  These free presentations will end just before the eclipse begins.  While the opening activity in The Planetarium does have a seating limit, there will be no restrictions on the free telescope viewing that follows.

The moon will begin to enter the darkest part of the earths shadow, called the umbra, at 10:58 pm.  The beginning of totality, with the moon entirely within the umbra, will occur at 12:06 pm.  The total phase of the eclipse will end at 1:25 am as the moon begins to leave the umbra.  The final partial phase of the eclipse will end at 2:33 am.