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!