Tuesday, September 22, 2015

UNO to Hold Public Lecture and Viewing for Total Lunar Eclipse

Blood Moon

Experience the total lunar eclipse up close Sunday, Sept. 27 with University of New Orleans astrophysicist C. Greg Seab and the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society as your guides.

Seab, professor of physics, will deliver a public lecture titled "Moons, Supermoons and Lunar Eclipses" beginning at 7 p.m. in Room 1001 of the Science Building. Meanwhile, members of the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society will set up telescopes just outside the Science Building, in time to watch the full moon rise and view the planet Saturn, weather permitting.

The eclipse is scheduled to begin at 8:07 p.m. and end at 11:27 p.m. It is the last total lunar eclipse of 2015—and there won't be one in 2016.

Though lunar eclipses happen several times a year it is rare to be able to view them in the early evening. This particular eclipse is unusual, Seab said, because it is September's full moon, also called the Harvest Moon, and a Supermoon, meaning it is at its closest point in its orbit to the Earth.

Depending on the atmospheric conditions, Seab said viewers can expect to see dramatic changes in the color of the moon from dusky grey to bright red-orange. "It has been called a blood moon because of its color," Seab said, "but that is not an astronomical term."

Parking for the event is located in a lot off of Leon C. Simon Boulevard and St. Anthony Boulevard.