There will be overnight excitement at Highland Road Park Observatory as they open to witness one of nature’s most spectacular events – a Total Lunar Eclipse! While in the constellation Libra♎, the Moon will enter the Earth♁’s shadow, turning darker and darker—and then??? The actual color can range from dark brown to red to bright orange to yellow, depending on the current state of the Earth♁’s atmosphere.
Viewings and activities will be happening throughout the evening. Bring a blanket, binoculars, or your own scope to gaze up to watch this amazing sky event.
TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE – Highland Road Park Observatory
- Sunset = 7:15 pm
- HRPO opens to the public. = 7:30 pm
- Moonrise = 7:38 pm
- Moon enters penumbra of Earth♁’s shadow. = 8:32 pm
- Moon Reaches 10° Altitude: 8:37 pm
- End of Twilight = 9:23 pm
- Moon enters umbra of Earth♁’s shadow. = 9:27 pm
- Moon Reaches 20° Altitude: 9:36 pm
- Total Eclipse begins. = 10:29 pm
- Moon Reaches 30° Altitude: 10:46 pm
- Total Eclipse ends. = 11:53 pm
- Moon exits umbra of Earth♁’s shadow. = 12:55 am
- Moon Culminates at 39°= 1:01 am
- HRPO closes to the public. = 1:30 am
- Moon exits penumbra of Earth♁’s shadow. = 1:50 am
WHAT: Total Luner Eclipse Event
WHEN:Sunday 15 May from 7:30 pm to 1:30 am
WHERE: Highland Road Park Observatory
Don’t miss it. This event begins on Sunday evening and ends on Monday morning.
It is the partial and total eclipse which will be easily visible to the unaided eye. HRPO may close early if there is an elevated chance of rain according to NOAA. HRPO property is the only part of Highland Road Park on which the public will be allowed.