Saturday, December 18, 2010

Lunar Eclipse Party at the Adler Monday

Total Lunar Eclipse Party

Approved image to use for the Total Lunar Eclipse Party on December 21st, 2010. 

Date: December 20 – 21, 2010
Time: 11:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.
Location: Adler Planetarium
Cost: Free

(Ahem: Yo Adler,  I'm ma let you finish but the first movement of William Herschel's Symphony in F Major would have been one of the best soundtracks of all time for this video.)

Celebrate the total lunar eclipse on the winter solstice at the Adler Planetarium’s free Total Lunar Eclipse Party. Adler educators and astronomers, along with telescope volunteers, will be on hand to facilitate telescope viewing of this rare occurrence in the night sky – weather permitting. Visitors can bring their own telescope or use ones provided by the Adler. The next total lunar eclipse visible in the Chicago area will occur on April 15, 2014.
What is a total lunar eclipse?
A total lunar eclipse takes place when a full Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. The Earth blocks light from the Sun and casts a shadow that obscures the entire Moon. A total lunar eclipse on the winter solstice is a rare occurrence. The next total lunar eclipse on December 21 (winter solstice) will be in 2094.
Winter Solstice Eclipse Schedule
  • 12:32 A.M. CST – Partial eclipse
  • 1:40 A.M. CST – Total eclipse begins
  • 2:17 A.M. CST – Point of the greatest eclipse

Special Presentation at the Adler Planetarium Time: 11:30 p.m.
"Caught in the Shadow of Earth" presented by Adler astronomer Larry Ciupik

During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns a reddish-orange color. Image Credit: NASA
During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns a reddish-orange color. Image Credit: NASA
What is a lunar eclipse? How and why do eclipses happen? When are the best times to view this total lunar eclipse? Find out how Moon phases work and hear fascinating highlights from past eclipses in a live presentation.
Please Note: Free coffee, tea, hot chocolate and light snacks will be provided to visitors beginning at 11:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
Enjoy unlimited shows in the Definiti Theater for $5 (free for Adler members). Shows include Journey to the Stars and Night Sky Live. Please note, Adler exhibitions will be closed.
For more information about the total lunar eclipse or the Adler’s Total Lunar Eclipse Party, call (312) 922 7827.


Paulie said...

I think we will be attending tonight, depending on how the road conditions are later. At least hanging out with friends, other astronomers, and curious visitors will help relieve sting in we are clouded/snowed out.

Cathy said...


Didja go? Didja go?
I actually DREAMED about the eclipse last night, haha!

Paulie said...

We left the Calumet Astronomical Society Christmas party in Merrillville just before 10. The interstate was a mess, not really any worse than the surface streets, but too many idiots thought they could drive 50mph when the conditions were telling me 30mph was probably too fast. It would have probably taken 2 hours to get to the city, and every minute would have been tense. I would have rather been in the company of astronomers, but couldn't justify the unnecessary risk to Hillary, my car, and myself. Hillary was disappointed, and while I was driving I didn't show my disappointment, But I'd been waiting for this eclipse ever since getting snowed out of the last one in 2008.

I didn't have a dream that I saw the eclipse, but I dreamed that I woke up just before sunrise to a clear sky, with the Moon still up, taunting me.