Drinks at Beach Chalet and Lunar Eclipse Viewing

Hi Ocean Beach Buddies - This is a late night event for a Monday but time is irrelevant when we have the best opportunity to view a total eclipse of the moon since 2007!  San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will be doing a public eclipse viewing on April 14th with telescopes from 9:00pm to 1:00am at the garden behind Park Chalet in Golden Gate Park.  Donna (Shanelle) suggested this event and is hosting.  The OB Buddies will meet at the Beach Chalet upstairs first from around 9 - 10ish to have a drink or tea and chat about subjects cosmic and mundane.  Then we will go downstairs to the telescopes for public viewing of the moon.        

The lunar eclipse - when the full Moon travels through the Earth’s shadow - will start around 10:40pm, when the moon will be starting to nudge into the Earth's shadow, and by a bit after midnight, the entire moon will be in the Earth's shadow. While eclipsed, the moon will show a beautiful gradation of dark red color, sometimes called a blood moon.  This eclipse also features an extra astronomical quirk.  Mars will appear "as a fiery red 'star' next to the moon. Together red Mars and the red shadow on the moon's face should be a spectacular sight!  You don't have to stay until the full eclipse; come for as long as you like.  

This is actually the first of four consecutive total lunar eclipses with no partial lunar eclipses in between in 2014 and 2015, called a Lunar Eclipse Tetrad - each of which is separated from the other by six full moons.  Biblical prophesy?  Who knows.  We can make our own prophesy - for fun!  Hope you can make it!  

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  • Mira

    I'll be there closer to 10. Can't get there by 9.

    April 13, 2014

    • Toni K.

      Is this still happening, in spite of the fog? I don't want to get there and "nobody home" :(

      April 14, 2014

    • Donna

      We are upstairs. We will head downstairs and outside before 10:30,

      April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also backing out of tonight. Hope to meet up next time.

    April 14, 2014

  • Yian

    Sorry, I actually biked by Beach Chalet, but it was just too cold for me to deal with. I also couldn't see much. :(

    April 14, 2014

  • Toni K.

    Was about to head over there but it's foggy - of course! Are the amateur astronomers there? Should we change the venue?! Maybe go to the Water Bar right by Bay Bridge?
    Forget that. I just called and it's getting foggy there too. See ya in a bit!

    April 14, 2014

  • Rose

    Sorry wont make it after all, everyone. Next time! Have a great evening all!

    April 14, 2014

  • Donna

    Thanks, everyone, for updating your RSVPs. What a nice group of conscientious folks! Hope to see you all at the next OBB event.

    April 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry not going to make it next time

      April 14, 2014

  • Leonard

    I see the fog is blocking the view, so I am going to pass.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kim

    I'll skip as well if the fog is blocking the view - not worth being out late & cold. Bummer.

    April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ops, I'm wrong, the moon is out there!

    April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It does not look like gonna be able to see eclipse with the fog, guess I have to withdraw as well...

    April 14, 2014

  • Michelle

    Sorry - can't make it after all. Have a great time!

    April 14, 2014

  • Robin

    sorry...have to bow out...i think it is going to be a bit too late for me too...see you all sometime soon :)

    April 14, 2014

  • D G.

    I'll be there around 10pm also.

    April 14, 2014

  • Robi

    I joined the group, but it was a mistake to confirm for the Lunar function tonight. I hope to make it, but late, weeknights can be difficult as I wake early for work.

    April 14, 2014

    • Donna

      Quite understandable, Robi. If only the moon were more cooperative and eclipsed on a Friday! I am off on Tuesday, otherwise, no way! :)

      April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Like to join in you guys and see eclipse together.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kim

    Timeline I found on the web:
    Partial umbral eclipse begins: 10:58 p.m. PDT on April 14

    Total eclipse begins: 12:07 a.m. PDT on April 15

    Greatest eclipse: 12:46 a.m. PDT

    Total eclipse ends: 1:25 a.m. PDT

    Partial eclipse ends: 2:33 a.m. PDT

    April 11, 2014

  • Sharon M.

    I'll go, fog or not.
    Loved Saha so, I go again tonite!!

    April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI: I am looking forward to this event, however, if we are fogged in and can't see the moon, then that could make a difference in my attendance.

    April 10, 2014

    • Donna

      Good point, and very understandable! That would probably go for the lot of us, but I'll show up for a drink anyway, in case others want to just toast to the moon.

      April 10, 2014

  • Kim

    Great, I was looking for people to watch the total eclipse with bc my bf has to sleep, lol.

    April 9, 2014

  • Sharon M.

    Wow, didn't know about this!
    Karen & Donna, I dined at a wonderful restaurant for vegetarian & vegan food, Saha - Arabic/French/Calif fusion - at Sutter/Larkin in Hotel Carlton, fyi.

    April 9, 2014

    • Karen

      Thanks Sharon - the menu looks delicious!

      April 9, 2014

    • Donna

      Thanks, Sharon! I think you or someone else told me about Saha, but I completely forgot about it.

      April 9, 2014

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