Lunar Eclipse April 2014

lunar eclipse
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

During the indecent hours of April 15, 2014, we'll behold a total lunar eclipse.   During such eclipses, the full moon moves directly into Earth's shadow cone. Consequently, one will observe Earth's curved shadow migrate across the Moon's surface.   When total, the Moon often exhibits a reddish hue, hence the term "blood moon."

The Southworth Planetarium offers you a chance to not only observe the eclipse, but to also attend a quaint little show about lunar eclipses.      We'll open our doors at 1:30 a.m.     We'll present the brief program at 1:40 a.m. The real action -by which we mean the umbral part of the eclipse- begins at 1:58 a.m.  Totality, when the moon is completely within the shadow cone,  begins at 3:07 a.m.

Mid eclipse occurs at 3:47 a.m.  (Which we'll mark with bagpipes  and the ignition of a hundred lawn mower engines for the benefit of our neighhors.)

Totality ends at 4:25 a.m.

Even though the eclipse continues after this moment as the shadow retreats across the Moon, we'll pack up shop at 4:30 a.m. and send the captives home. We've found that interest wanes after totality ends.

 Quite interestingly, this lunar eclipse is the first of a tetrad, a series of four lunar eclipses occurring within the next two years  (April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015; and September 28, 2015).

We'll see most of the first two; precious little of the third, and all of the fourth.

Join us on April 15th for total lunar eclipse viewing.

We will cancel the event on the slight (97%) chance we'll have inclement weather.