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Lunar Eclipse of Hunter’s Moon tonight

October 7, 2014 @ 11:55 pm - October 8, 2014 @ 7:00 am

Great info courtesy of EarthSky.org:

Tonight – October 7-8, 2014 – there is a total eclipse of the full moon. This is the Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon – the full moon after the Harvest Moon. Chicago’s Adler Planetarium will host a special viewing event.

The total eclipse will happen before dawn in the northern hemisphere, so an incentive to be an early, early bird on Oct. 8th.  Visit EarthSky.org for answers to lots of questions about this rare astronomical event.

See here for info on how you may see the lunar eclipse simultaneously with the rising sun – a truly rare occurrence!

 Chicago’s Adler Planetarium will host a special viewing event:

At 4:18 am on the morning of Wednesday, October 8, the Moon will slip into the Earth’s shadow and dazzle residents of the Midwest. The Moon will continue to darken during the total eclipse phase (5:27-6:22 am) before lightening again toward sunrise. While more common than solar eclipses, lunar eclipses last longer and can be viewed almost anywhere on the night side of the Earth (provided it’s clear). And no two are ever the same—they can range in color from brick red to copper to dark grey.

Celebrate this cosmic alignment at Adler’s Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party from 3:30-7:00 am with special lectures, programs, and more! This free family event includes:

  • Telescope viewing from Adler Planetarium lawn
  • Special lectures by Adler astronomers & educators, and access to the Space Visualization Laboratory 
  • Back to the Moon for Good* theater show
  • Eclipse and Moon-related educational programs
  • Light refreshments

*Back to the Moon for Good is an additional $5.00 ticket (per person), available at the Box Office during the event.

Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the planetarium and costs $19 per car. Metered street parking is also available. Learn more here.


October 7, 2014 @ 11:55 pm
October 8, 2014 @ 7:00 am


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