Moon Shadowed Sept. 27

On Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, a total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon glides through two shadows cast by the earth--a faint penumbral shadow that is hard for most observers to discern, and a prominent umbral shadow that is readily apparent. The obvious umbral eclipse begins at 9:07 p.m. EDT, with the moon fully immersed in shadow (totality) from 10:11 p.m. to 11:23 p.m. From then the shadow appears to recede through 12:27 a.m. Monday morning. Details about the eclipse are on the Eclipse-Sept. 27 page of the South Bend Astro website under the menu item Local Astro.

Image and contact times in UT courtesy of Fred Espenak, NASA GSFC. For contact times in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), subtract 4 hours from UT. Note that in UT the eclipse occurs entirely on Sept. 28. In EDT it starts Sunday evening the 27th and goes into Monday morning.

Activities

Moon activites from http://analyzer.depaul.edu/paperplate/pveclipse2004.htm can complement your gathering to witness the eclipse.

Scope Out South Bend

Sept. 27 also concludes the Scope Out South Bend hunt with telescopes for clues about the city's past, present, and future.

Luna-See

Start a lunar eclipse observing party at your own site. Gather friends or strangers, but lets all get out under the night sky at the same time and look up.

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