Posted on September 22, 2015, BY Staff

The Bucknell Observatory and the Department of Physics & Astronomy invite the public to observe the total eclipse of the moon on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 9 to 11 p.m. on the Academic Quad.

"The evening's bright, full moon will nearly disappear as it travels into the earth's shadow," said Professor Ned Ladd, physics & astronomy.   

The moon will begin to be eclipsed shortly after 9 p.m., and will become totally eclipsed just after 10 p.m. During this time, it will dim considerably and take on a red-brown hue.   

Though the eclipse can be easily observed with the naked eye, Bucknell astronomers will set up several telescopes on the quad for close-up viewing of the moon during the event. Faculty and students from the Department of Physics & Astronomy will be on hand to provide information about the eclipse. "This is a great observing event, because everyone can see it easily, with or without a telescope," said Ladd.  

Members of the campus and local community are welcome to attend anytime between 9 and 11 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets and settle in for the celestial show.   

This event is weather-dependent; if it is cloudy, the moon will not be visible and the event will be cancelled.   

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