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View Lunar Eclipse Saturday morning April 4 before sunrise if clear, at home or at Goodsell Observatory
Submitted by joel weisberg on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:19pm
Apr 4 2015 5:15 am
Apr 4 2015 6:45 am
Location:Carleton College Goodsell Observatory
View an almost-total lunar eclipse if clear at Carleton College's Goodsell Observatory or watch it at home! The observatory will be open (if clear) Saturday morning April 4 from 5:15-6:45 AM. Earth's shadow takes its first real bite out of the Moon at about 5:15. Totality, when the Moon usually turns a beautiful red, unfortunately starts around the time the Moon sets and the Sun rises, all around 6:45 AM, but it may turn red before then. Carleton astronomers will have the 8" and 16" telescopes open in the Observatory domes and several other telescopes and binoculars available on the pad outside. For those who don't want to come all the way to the Observatory in the middle of the night, binoculars at home will do quite well!
Note that there is also a regular monthly observatory open house the evening before if clear, Friday Apr 3 from 9-11 PM.
Regular observatory open houses are held the first Friday of each month, with the schedule posted on the web at go.carleton.edu/observatory. An open house will be cancelled if it is cloudy.
Cindy Blaha and Joel Weisberg are Professors of Physics and Astronomy at Carleton College.