Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing
|Date: Apr. 14, 2014||Time: 9:30 pm to 2:30 am||Located at: Milo McIver State Park in Estacada|
|Who is this for: NA||Cost: Free with $5 park fee per vehicle|
OMSI will host first of two lunar eclipse viewings in 2014 on Wednesday, April 14. That evening the full moon will slide through the dark shadow of the Earth and for 73 minutes the only light hitting the Moon will be a reddish glow from all of Earth’s sunrises and sunsets resulting in a total lunar eclipse. Weather permitting; a free viewing of the eclipse will begin at 9:30 pm at at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada with the Rose City Astronomers, and Oregon Parks and Recreations will have telescopes set up for attendees to use. OMSI Space Science Director, Jim Todd, will be presenting informal talks about the lunar eclipse and the spring night sky.
Unlike solar eclipses in which the Sun's rays can damage the eyes, lunar eclipses are safe to watch with the naked eye. Lunar eclipses are unique in that no one can predict what color the Moon will turn during totality. Binoculars and telescopes will enhance the view.
The penumbral eclipse begins at 9:55 pm. and the umbral shadow will take a small, dark bite out of the left edge of the Moon starting at 10:59 pm. For 69 minutes of the partial phase darkness engulfs more of the Moon's disk as it slides into the shadow. The partial eclipse ends and totality begins at 12:08 am with the point of the greatest eclipse occurring at 12:46 am. The eclipse’s total phase will last for 73 minutes. The Moon will be 33 degrees above the southern horizon at the instant of the greatest eclipse. Finally, the partial eclipse ends at 2:32 am.
The next total lunar eclipse for the Pacific NW will be a total on the morning of October 8, 2014.