By now, you’ve almost certainly heard about the total lunar eclipse coming up this Sunday, Jan. 20!
That night, Liberty Science Center is going all-out with our Lunar Mania event. You’ll be able to observe the eclipse through telescopes, learn about eclipses in our planetarium, make your own craters, and more. These special activities start at 6:00 pm and run until 1:00 am. Video of the eclipse will be streamed on our massive screens, providing a perfect view, rain or shine.
You may have also heard that this Sunday will be a “super blood moon.” But what exactly does that mean?
The term "supermoon" refers to the Moon appearing larger in the sky because it is closer to Earth. At its closest, the Moon is 14% larger and 30% brighter. This closest point is called perigee.
"Blood moon" refers to the red color that covers the surface of the full moon during a total lunar eclipse. This happens because of the Earth’s atmosphere. While the Moon passes into the shadow created by the Earth blocking the Sun, some of the sunlight still passes through our gaseous atmosphere.
Now you know those terms, but what about some of the other types of moons you may have heard about?
Join us this Sunday, Jan. 20 for Lunar Mania! Click here for more information and details on how to get tickets.