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Lunar Eclipse at Wahweap Overlook Monday Night

April 09
16:37 2014

If you’ve always wanted to see a lunar eclipse through a telescope, come out to the Wahweap Overlook on Monday evening, April 14, 2014. A group of local astronomers are setting up their telescopes to view the eclipse along with other heavenly bodies.

telescopeOrganizer Art Cloutier invites anyone who’s interested to come out to the Star Party, starting at 7pm. That’s when the sun goes down and the telescopes come out.

If you’ve got a telescope, but not sure how to use it, bring it out. We’ll show you how to set it up.”–Art Cloutier

The eclipse begins around 10pm. The total lunar eclipse will occur between midnight and 1 am. After that, the telescopes will be gone, but the eclipse doesn’t end until 3am.

Wahweap Overlook was selected as the viewing spot since it’s far enough away from the light pollution in Page for good visibility in the dark skies. One of the most popular viewpoints in the area, Wahweap Overlook is located on Highway 89, about 3 miles west of Glen Canyon Dam. The park service has agreed to keep the gates open all night for the viewing.

Along with the lunar eclipse, sky gazers will be able to view gallaxies, double stars, star clusters and planets. The eclipse makes everything else in the night sky that much more visible.

We’re looking forward to sharing sights through the telescope.”–Art Cloutier

About the total lunar eclipse

From the the Earth Sky website:

The April 2014 full moon passes directly through Earth’s dark (umbral) shadow. The total part of the April 14-15 eclipse lasts nearly 1.3 hours. A partial umbral eclipse precedes totality by over an hour, and follows totality by over an hour, so the moon takes a little more than 3.5 hours to completely sweep through the Earth’s dark shadow on the night of April 14-15.”

Monday’s eclipse is the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2014 that will be visible from North America. Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses can be viewed directly without the need for special eye protection.

For more information about the local viewing of the lunar eclipse at Wahweap Overlook, contact Art Cloutier at 928-645-9395.

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