TONIGHT: Lunar Eclipse takes place on Sept. 27

Join the Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society to view the Lunar eclipse around 10 p.m.

The club will setup field telescopes at the observatory located in Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford around sundown, and will be observing Saturn and deep sky objects like the Ring Nebula and the Dumbbell Nebula as soon as it’s dark, according to Mark Holden of Shelton, the club’s President.

At 9:07 p.m. the shadow of the Earth will start to cover the Moon.  This is a gradual process. The Moon will be entirely in our shadow from 10:11 p.m. until 11:23 p.m.  The peak period is at 10:47 p.m.  Then the process reverses.

Lunar eclipse (photo courtesy of Mark Holden)

Lunar eclipse (photo courtesy of Mark Holden)

During the time the Moon is entirely in the shadow it’s likely to take on a red/copper color.  This is because the atmosphere of the earth refracts light – sort of like a prism or rainbow, and the red spectrum of Sunlight light bends inward to hit the Moon even though it’s in the shadow of the Earth, according to Holden.

Lunar eclipse (photo courtesy of Mark Holden)

Lunar eclipse (photo courtesy of Mark Holden)

The club’s regular meetings take place on the first and third Friday of each month.  Everything they do is free for visitors.  Children are welcome – though the eclipse is on a school night.

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