There will be a total lunar eclipse visible on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 21. It will occur between 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. early Tuesday morning.
The best part of the eclipse happens between 1:30 and 5 a.m. as the moon passes through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow.
During totality (2:30-3:40 a.m.), the Moon will turn a dark red, and should be quite spectacular.
This will be the last total lunar eclipse visible from the United States until April 15, 2014!
In anticipation of the total lunar eclipse, the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium will offer special showings of “Eclipse: The story of our nearest neighbor in space” at the following times:
- Thursday, Dec. 16 – 7 p.m.
- Friday, Dec. 17 – noon
- Saturday, Dec. 18 – 7 p.m.
- Monday, Dec. 20 – 7 p.m. (the night of the eclipse)
“Eclipse” is a live-narration planetarium show that takes you on a journey of discovery to our nearest celestial neighbor. Learn about the origins, composition and mechanics of the moon. Discover how the ancients were able to predict eclipses with great accuracy, and find out how, when and where you can view the eclipse. An educational and entertaining experience for all ages, “Eclipse” will give you a perspective of the Earth-Moon system that you’ve never had before.
For more information, please visit the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium website: http://www.sfcollege.edu/planetarium
Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens (ages 60+) and children between ages 4-12. Children under 3 are free, and anyone with a valid Santa Fe College ID also receives free admission. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.