On Sunday, January 20, 2019 a Total Lunar Eclipse is taking place and it will be visible to all in New England. This will be an awesome night and Frosty Drew Observatory is opening to celebrate the event starting at 8:30 p.m. offering excellent views of the eclipse. We will stay on site and open until 3:00 a.m., after the end of the eclipse.
A Lunar Eclipse happens when the Moon passes into Earth's shadow. This only happens during the full lunar phase. Since this eclipse will be a total eclipse, the entire Moon will pass into the Earth's dark shadow, called the Umbra. During the period of totality (total eclipse) the Moon will glow a crimson red. This happens due to sunlight filtering through Earth's atmosphere effectively scattering the violet side of the visible spectrum of light.
The Frosty Drew Sky Theatre will be open all night and warm, showing a live stream of the lunar eclipse on the big screen. The Observatory will be open for tours though the main telescope will remain closed. On screen in the Observatory will be a live stream of the lunar eclipse. We will have telescopes setup outside the observatory offering views of the night sky and the lunar eclipse.
So dust off those binoculars. Grab a blanket, lawn chair, some tasty eats, family, and friends and hang out with us in Ninigret Park under the fabulous crimson red Moon.