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Total Lunar Eclipse viewing on January 20 at the Gateway Building

Fans of astronomy are invited to attend a special viewing of the Total Lunar Eclipse on Sunday January 20, 2019 at the Gateway Building located at 3556 Lakeshore Rd. in Blasdell (14219). Instead of standing outside in your backyard with a cheap telescope, or viewing the eclipse from your second floor window with binoculars, Penn Dixie invites you to attend an evening of astronomical proportions. 

Total lunar eclipse – where the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, turning the moon red — setting Mars, and a backdrop of winter constellations such as the Pleiades and Orion.

Not only will guests get a chance to view the eclipse with provided telescopes, there will be astronomers at the event to discuss many of the highlights, including a bloody supermoon (no viewing glasses needed).

Astronomers will be on hand to facilitate a mid-winter tour of the winter sky.

While the viewings will take place outside, there will a place to warm up indoors, which will feature a number of activities, including:

  • Warm up with hot beverages and snacks in the lobby
  • Attend one of the space talks
  • Watch the official NASA livestream in the auditorium
  • Make astronomy crafts with science educators
  • A limited supply of free NASA swag will be available

Lunar Schedule

9:30 pm     Doors open, telescopes ready, indoor activities commence

9:36 pm     Penumbral Eclipse begins (Earth’s shadow touches Moon’s face)

10:33 pm   Partial eclipse begins — Moon begins to turn red

11:41 pm   Total eclipse begins — Completely red moon

12:12 am   Maximum eclipse

12:30 am   Program concludes; eclipse wanes until 1:50 am

Space Talk Schedule

9:45 pm   Eclipse Basics. Learn the difference between lunar and solar eclipses and other facts about our solar system.

10:15 pm   Telescopes 101. Receive a telescope for Christmas? Astronomers can help you get started with an expert demonstration and mini-workshop on telescopes.

10:45 pm   Astrophotography On A Budget. With a small investment you can take beautiful pictures of celestial objects. Guides will be on hand to help you to get started.

11:15 pm   How Do We Measure In Space? Large distances such as light years and astronomical units are challenging to imagine — astronomers will give you some tips for making sense of the vastness of space.

Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing

Sunday January 20, 2019

Beginning at 9:30 pm

All ages welcome

No charge for admission thanks to sponsors: RP Oak Hill Building Company, Inc., Erie County, and NASA.

With the exception of travel bans due to extreme weather, the program will take place from 9:30 pm until 12:30 am regardless of weather conditions.

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Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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