Under the Crimson Moon – Total Lunar Eclipse
Where: Frosty Drew Observatory
When: Sunday, September 27, from 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
On Sunday September 27th a Total Lunar Eclipse is taking place and it will be visible to all in New England. This will be an awesome night and Frosty Drew Observatory is opening to the public starting at 8:00 p.m. offering excellent views of the eclipse. They will stay on site and open until 2:00 a.m., after the end of the eclipse.
A Lunar Eclipse happens when the Moon passes into Earth’s shadow. This only happens during the full lunar phase. Since this eclipse will be a total eclipse, the entire Moon will pass into the Earth’s dark shadow, called the Umbra. During the period of totality (total eclipse) the Moon will glow a crimson red. This happens due to sunlight filtering through Earth’s atmosphere effectively scattering the violet spectrum of light.
The eclipse will begin at 8:11 p.m. Sunday night and will start as a dimming of one side of the Moon. At 9:07 p.m. the partial eclipse will begin when a chunk of the Moon will start to appear missing. Total eclipsing of the Moon will start at 10:11 p.m. with maximum totality occurring at 10:47 p.m. and ending at 11:23 p.m. Once totality ends, the partial eclipse will continue until 12:27 a.m.
Frosty Drew will have the Sky Theatre open and warm showing video presentations about the Moon. The Observatory will be open for tours though the main telescope will remain closed. They will have telescopes setup outside the observatory offering views of the night sky and Moon.
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