Lunar Eclipse Party 2019

ATTENTION: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE IMPENDING WINTER STORM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERASTANDING.

From 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 until 1 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Ulysses Township is hosting a Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the earth and its shadow. This can happen only when the sun, earth and moon are exactly or very closely aligned. During a total lunar eclipse, the earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the moon. Between 9 and 11 p.m. four short educational programs will be presented indoors at the museum. The programs are: at 9 p.m., “Modeling the Phases of the Moon” by Tim Morey; 9:30 p.m., “Getting Started in Nightscape Photography” by Curt Weinhold; 10 p.m. “Myths and Legends of the Night Sky by Jennie Lusk; and at 10:30 p.m., “The Lunar Eclipse Through History” by Stash Nawrocki.

Telescopes will be set up outdoors on the grassy area near the museum. If viewing conditions are favorable, the partial eclipse will be noticeable around 10:30 p.m. The total eclipse will begin at 11:40 p.m. and last until 1 a.m. Beginning at 11 p.m., informal eclipse viewing instruction through telescopes will be facilitated by our “dark Skies” partners: Jennie Lusk, Tim Morey, Stash Nawrocki and Emily Shosh.

Snacks and warm beverages will be available for purchase. Among the snacks offered will be “Smores Kits” that can be toasted over a campfire outside the museum; placed far enough away to avoid “light pollution” that could interfere with telescope viewing. Sticks will be provided.

If viewing conditions are unfavorable, the party will end at 11 p.m. after the four programs are held. Admission to the Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party is free; donations to the museum are greatly appreciated.

If there is a major weather event, the viewing party will be canceled.

Call the museum with any questions and to sign up for the free programs at 1-814-435-2652.