Liberty Science Center looks to the super blood moon for Lunar Mania celebration

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There’s no better place to experience a major astronomy event than at Liberty Science Center!

That’s why on Jan. 20, 2019, we stayed open till 1:00 am for Lunar Mania – an entire celebration for the total lunar eclipse, the first since 2015.

This eclipse was also a "super blood moon," a name that refers to:

  • the Moon appearing larger in the sky because it is closer to Earth ("supermoon")
  • the red color covering the surface of the full moon during the total lunar eclipse ("blood moon")

Our guests viewed the "super blood moon" via telescopes, live streams, and shows in our theaters, with our talented team of educators there to answer everyone’s questions.

At the telescopes

At the telescopes

At the telescopes

After looking at the Moon through telescopes outside, guests explored the science of eclipses even further by catching a show in our Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium (the biggest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere) and Weston Family Lab for Earth and Space Exploration.

In the Weston Family Lab for Earth and Space Exploration

In the Weston Family Lab for Earth and Space Exploration

There were shows playing all night! Plus, guests who stuck around till midnight experienced a Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon Laser Show.

Over in the Joseph D. Williams 3D Science Theater, we showed fascinating livestreams and presentations. The livestream tracked the real-time progression of the eclipse, while the presentation – led by our planetarium director – explored the cultural and historical significance of eclipses.

At the livestream

Oh, and did we mention we had laser tag, too?

Laser Tag

Laser Tag

Throughout the evening, guests 21 and over enjoyed delicious lunar-themed cocktails: the “Moonlight” and “Total Eclipse.”


More activities included a make-your-own crater adventure, face painting, and an astronaut glove challenge.

Trying out the astronaut gloves

Trying out the astronaut gloves

In addition to the eclipse adventures, every exhibition in the Science Center was open throughout the night, including Microbes Rule!, our stunning new gallery about the surprisingly beautiful world of microbes, and The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, our premium exhibition where guests are tasked with solving a murder mystery.

In The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

In Microbes Rule!

No matter the weather, rain or shine, Liberty Science Center is your go-to place for astronomy adventures! We always have indoor and outdoor activities, as well as shows and presentations in our theaters.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Lunar Mania – and stay tuned as we reveal even more astronomy activities in 2019!

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