Star Party: Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing
This is a past event. Sunday, January 20 at 7:00pm 10:50pm
OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), Front Plaza 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214
The January 20, 2019 full moon will have its own special show: a total lunar eclipse. The full moon will slide through the dark shadow of the Earth, and for 62 minutes the only light hitting the moon will be the reddish glow from Earth's sunrises and sunsets, resulting in a total lunar eclipse.
The first contact of the partial eclipse starts at PDT 7:33 p.m. The eclipse’s total phase will last for 62 minutes, beginning at 8:41 p.m. The point of the greatest eclipse will occur at 9:12 p.m. The eclipse ends at 9:43 p.m. The eclipsed moon will be 43 degrees above the southeastern horizon at the instant of the greatest eclipse. Finally, the partial eclipse ends at 10:50 p.m.
Unlike solar eclipses in which the sun's rays can damage the eyes, lunar eclipses are safe to watch with the naked eye. Lunar eclipses are unique in that no one can predict what color the moon will turn during totality. Binoculars and telescopes will enhance the view.
Weather permitting, OMSI will host a free lunar eclipse viewing, beginning at 7 p.m. The Rose City Astronomers and OMSI will have telescopes set up for attendees to use. OMSI Space Science Director Jim Todd will be presenting informal talks about the lunar eclipse and the autumn night sky. On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Parties, it is suggested that interested visitors check the OMSI web site for possible weather-related cancellations.