Lunar EclipseApril 15, 2014

Experience the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2014, on April 15th! This is going to be a great sight, the Moon will be completely covered by the Earth's shadow and should be a deep red as a result.

For our Lunar Eclipse observing this year we will be have a 'Tweetup', simply share your photos and experiences of your Lunar observing on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #MoonWatch, or post to the GAM2014 Facebook page.

 If you are hosting an event don't forget to register it!


To prepare, make sure you convert the UT times to your local time.  Since the eclipse will happen on the night side of Earth, and depending on your season, you will need to consider the following:

 1.         Find a large area of the sky that will give you 2 – 3 hours of a clear viewing (no tall trees or buildings).

 2.         Bring warm clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, reclining chairs.

 3.         Bring equipment: cameras, binoculars and telescopes, red flash lights.

 4.         Don't forget snacks!


For general information on observing Lunar Eclipses, there are several good resources. See, Sky & Telescope's Observing and Photographing Lunar EclipsesAstronomy Magazine's How to Observe a Lunar Eclipse, and the NOAA Solar and Lunar Eclipse Page

 Participation for People with Disabilities

Share your experience with the world on Facebook or the Flickr group and Tweet using #GAM2014 and/or #MoonWatch (@gam_awb).

Keep an eye out for our Observing Resources and People with Disabilities Astronomy Resources