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Sugar Creek Astronomical Society at Hobbs State Park to Explain the Upcoming Total Lunar Eclipse

15 Jan 2018 3:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

On January 31st a lunar eclipse will occur with ecliptic conjunction at 13:26:42.5 UT.  It will have an umbral magnitude of 1.3155 and a right ascension of 08h56m05.5s.  What?

If you are like most folks, that is incomprehensible dribble.  Come to Hobbs State Park visitor center at 5:00 pm on Jan. 20th where Dr. Katherine Auld, astronomy professor at NWACC and NASA Solar System Ambassador, will explain how to interpret the NASA eclipse notifications.  You will learn to figure out when an eclipse will occur, where in the sky it can be seen, and how dim the moon will appear.

Following the lecture, at 6:00 pm, enjoy a star party hosted by the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society where telescopes will be set up in the parking lot for use by the public.  Because no planets will be visible this night, it will be a time for viewing dark sky objects.  Astronomers often call these objects “faint fuzzies” because they are faint objects only visible using telescopes or binoculars.  A few objects that will be well placed for viewing on January 20th will include M33, the Triangulum Galaxy; globular cluster M15; and M45, the Pleiades open cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters.

What to Bring if you can:

• Flashlight (covered with a red cloth or red balloon)

• Binoculars and/or telescope (if you have)

• Folding chair – one per person

• Star chart (if you have one)

Where:   Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of

              the Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road intersection.

When:    Saturday January 20, 2018

Time:      5:00 pm lecture   6:00 pm for night viewing

Cost:       Free

For more information, call:  479-789-5000


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