Lunar Eclipse Observing Cancelled

Update: Due to the impending weather forecast the evening of Sunday, January 20, 2019, the Total Unar Eclipse at the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium has been cancelled. East Kentucky Science Center Director Steve Russo said there were concerns for the public and staff to be outside during the potentially dangerously low temperatures. He added that for those wishing to observe the event, it should be visible without binoculars or telescopes if the skies are clear.

Original Story: On the evening of Sunday, January 20, into the morning of Monday, January 21, 2019, North America will be treated to a Total Lunar Eclipse. A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon, come into alignment and the Moon crosses into the Earth’s shadow. The Depending on the amount of dust, moisture, and other factors, the Moon can appear to change to a yellow, orange, or reddish color during totality. The Eclipse begins on the evening of Sunday, January 20 at 9:36pm, with totality beginning at 10:34pm, with the greatest point of Eclipse being 12:12am on Monday, January 21, then the Moon leaving the total state at 1:50am. During the Eclipse, the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium will be open during that evening free of charge and will have telescopes set up for observing. The observing will take place from 9:30pm on Sunday, January 20, 2019, through 1am Monday, January 21, 2019. Observers can also bring their own telescopes, binoculars, and charis. This observing will take place weather permitting. For more information, contact the East Kentucky Science Center at 606-889-4809 or srusso002@kctcs.edu.

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