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View Lunar Eclipse Sunday Evening September 27, if clear, at home or at Goodsell Observatory
Submitted by joel weisberg on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:19pm
Sep 27 2015 8:00 pm
Sep 27 2015 11:00 pm
Location:Carleton College Goodsell Observatory
View a total lunar eclipse if clear at Carleton College's Goodsell Observatory or watch it at home! The observatory will be open (if clear) Sunday evening, September 27, from 8 - 11 PM. Earth's shadow takes its first real bite out of the Moon at about 8:07 PM. Totality, when the Moon usually turns a beautiful red, begins at 9:11 and ends at 10:23 PM, 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, binoculars at home will do quite well! Further details are available at http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/get-ready-for-septembers-total-lunar-eclipse-091420155/
Note that there is also a regular monthly first-Friday observatory open house the Friday after the eclipse, October 2 from 8 - 10 PM if clear.
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, with a notice posted at the above website.
Cindy Blaha and Joel Weisberg are Professors of Physics and Astronomy at Carleton College.