Total Lunar Eclipse Event Sunday, September 27, at the Bradstreet Observatory of Eastern University
St. Davids, PA, September 24, 2015: On Sunday, September 27, 2015, the Bradstreet Observatory of Eastern University will host a viewing event for the last visible total lunar eclipse until 2018. This will mark the end of a "tetrad" of four total lunar eclipses spaced a half year apart that began back in early 2014. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon enters the umbral shadow of the Earth. The Moon will spend a total of 1 hourr 12 minutes completely immersed within the umbra where it will turn a dark reddish hue, hence the allusions to “blood” Moon.
Although the umbral phase of the eclipse is easily visible with the naked eye starting in the southeastern sky from approximately 9:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. EDT, the Bradstreet Observatory at Eastern University will be open to the public during this time if the sky is mostly cloudless. Attendees will be able to look through the 16-in diameter telescopes in order to see the Earth’s shadow cover the full moon. It will be an especially spectacular eclipse not only because it will be well placed and occurring in the first half of the night, but because the Moon will be near its closest approach to the Earth at this time, and will therefore appear somewhat larger than normal.
The Bradstreet Observatory is located on the fifth floor of the McInnis Learning Center on the St. Davids campus of Eastern University. Access to the Observatory is via the back stairwell on the “elevator side” of the building. Inquiries concerning this event can be made to Observatory Administrator Steve Sanders at email@example.com. There is no admission fee for this event.