Lunar Eclipse Viewing @ UM Observatory

Weather-permitting, the UM Observatory will open 1-4 am Tue 21 Dec for the Total Lunar Eclipse. mid-eclipse is at 3:17am. Yes, this is in the wee hours of the morning!!! A go/no-go decision will be posted on the Observatory website (
http://www.astro.umd....) around 11:59pm Monday night. Details:
http://www.astro.umd....

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you so much for posting this here, Elizabeth. I am not sure if I would have enjoyed and observed the eclipse as much as I did if I had tried to watch from home. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the eclipse ont he solstice, and last night was incredible. From telescopes, live feeds, locked doors, parking, car lights left on, restrooms, and keeping people warm, you were all over the place and very on top of everything. Your hard work was very appreciated and noticable. Thank you so much!

    December 21, 2010

  • Elizabeth W.

    @Steve: Yes, this is a public event being held by the Observatory.

    The event is a go ... they will open at 1am, but may close earlier if clouds roll in...

    December 20, 2010

  • Steve S.

    Missed registering for the event by a matter of minutes. Can I still come?

    December 20, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to observe the universe with you but even though the distance to the observatory is not astronomical the separation in time and space appears to be insurmountable from my current point of observation.

    December 20, 2010

  • Elizabeth W.

    HI Walter,
    Be with other lunatics. As I mention below, you do not need to come to the Observatory to see the eclipse.

    December 20, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    What would be the advantages of coming to the observatory?

    December 20, 2010

  • Elizabeth W.

    The evening before (ie Monday 20 Dec) is a regular Open House for the Observatory. I will be talking about observing the Lunar Eclipse. The presentation begins at 8pm and will be followed by observing, weather-permitting.

    You do not have to come to the Observatory to see the Lunar Eclipse. There is no special equipment needed to see a lunar eclipse. Therefore, you can also stay home and just look out the window.

    December 19, 2010

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