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Lunar Eclipse - Observing at SFU

Vancouver will experience a total lunar eclipse on the evening of Monday, April 14, extending into the next morning. We will be meeting at SFU to watch the entire event, near the site of the new Trottier Observatory (see map).

9:55pm - start of prenumbral eclipse
10:59pm - start of lunar eclipse (moon is getting red)
12:08am - start of total lunar eclipse
1:23am - end of total lunar eclipse
2:32am - end of partial lunar eclipse
3:36am - end of prenumbral eclipse

As usual, RASC events are free to attend, family friendly, and open to the public (no membership required). You don't even need a telescope, but bring one if you have one. Binoculars are an excellent tool for astronomy.

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  • Melissa J.

    See you all there. Will be alone and I'm new in town, so feel free to approach me! (Anyone else taking the bus?)

    April 14, 2014

    • Michael L.

      Do you need a ride to SFU? I live in Yaletown. Plan to leave home around 8:15.

      April 14, 2014

    • Melissa J.

      Hi Michael, thanks so much for offering! I'm really sorry I saw this too late (just now) But I ended up being rescued and derrailed on my way to the McMillan center by a group of Astrophotographers heading to Spanish Banks, it was an amazing experience too. I am looking forward to the next meetup. Truth be told I am extremely fascinated by astronomy and astrophisics. http://youtu.be/9D05e...­

      April 18, 2014

  • Matt D.

    Here now with a group of 5 were committed and prepared with snacks and blankets. Cloudy now can't see much but the clouds have a reddish glow. Were gna wait it out

    3 · April 14, 2014

  • Geordi

    Oh well.

    Thanks for organizing it you guys! Next time!

    -Geordi

    April 14, 2014

  • Ahmed A.

    so, it does not look like we will be able to see the moon, too cloudy? im rethinking if I should head up to Burnaby mountain or not? any updates?

    April 14, 2014

    • sanna

      Will anyone still be there after midnight?

      April 14, 2014

    • Ling

      Thanks for the update Scott.

      April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pretty cloudy at SFU right now...

    April 14, 2014

    • sanna

      Likewise, following on the updates and checking out the clear sky chart online for more info.

      April 14, 2014

    • Scott M.

      It's very cloudy at SFU right now. Looks like most of us are giving up and heading home. It's supposed to be clear after midnight.

      April 14, 2014

  • Ling

    Hello Scott, many thanks for posting the detail map. It is very helpful to me. I'm afraid that I am unfamiliar with SFU. Where would you recommend me to park?

    April 12, 2014

    • Michael L.

      I usually park in VB (Visitor Parking Lot B). Then follow the main pedestrian path towards AQ and you will see the telescopes.

      April 13, 2014

    • Ling

      Thanks Michael!

      April 14, 2014

  • Scott M.

    The clear sky chart looks great for tonight, these clouds are supposed to blow off sometime this afternoon. http://cleardarksky.com/c/Vancouverkey.html

    Remember to dress warm, SFU is higher altitude and usually 5 degrees colder than the city. The event is free but I believe visitor parking at SFU is $3.25. We're setting up a mere 50 meters from the bus loop.

    April 14, 2014

  • Art P.

    I would love to join you, but I have another obligation tomorrow night. Happy viewing, all !

    April 13, 2014

  • Honey

    Awwwww yiss. This is gonna be good.

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • OLIVIA

    Apart from binoculars what do I take? As I leave from UK on Sun., I'd really appreciate advice.
    Will my 16-yr old granddaughter Ciara who inspires this visit, need a blanket?

    April 9, 2014

    • Michael L.

      It is always worth dressing warm at these events. Usually people walk around chatting and looking through different telescopes. A blanket is not a bad idea if you want to sit (or lie down) while you look at the moon.

      April 9, 2014

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