OHIO Observatory invites public to view total lunar eclipse
The Ohio University Observatory starts the summer with a special viewing session during the total lunar eclipse on Sunday, May 15, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
“It’s a total lunar eclipse – the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow for about 85 minutes, during which time it will look very red and much fainter than it normally does,” said Douglas Clowe, professor of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences. “It will not be completely blacked out, as sunlight is refracted around the Earth by its atmosphere, with the dust in our atmosphere giving the moon its dark red color during the eclipse.”
The eclipse begins at 10:27 p.m. and will enter totality (when the moon is fully within Earth’s shadow) at 11:29 p.m. and leave totality 12:53 a.m.
“This one is nicely situated for viewing from the eastern time zone, so we’ll have a special viewing at the observatory until the end of totality for anyone who wants to stop by,” Clowe said.
Summer 2022 Public Telescope Nights are scheduled for the following dates:
- May 15 — 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Special day/time for observing total lunar eclipse)
- June 3 and 4 — 9 to 11 p.m.
- July 1 and 2 — 9 to 11 p.m.
Public Telescope Night is hosted by the Ohio University astronomy faculty and students.
These events will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or stormy. Telescope nights are free and open to the public.
Visitors may see lunar craters, Saturn’s rings, Jupiter, Mars, star clusters, or distant galaxies, depending on the time of year and sky conditions.
Parking is available in university lots 202, 200 and 201, which are open to visitors on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays. A permit is required from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The lots are open to public all other times, unless reserved for a special event.
These lots are located near The Ridges Auditorium. Follow the stairs up the hill to Konneker Labs, proceed through the Konneker lot, and walk up Water Tower Drive to reach the Observatory at the summit.
Limited parking for people with a disability is available at the observatory dome.