When: Mon., April 14, 11 p.m. 2014
A total lunar eclipse isn’t an especially rare astronomical event, but four happening over the course of two years is definitely uncommon. The first of the 2014-2015 tetrad is expected to happen late Monday night. The eclipse — which occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow — should begin around 10 p.m., but the visual excitement likely won’t start until after midnight, when the Moon will become completely immersed in the Earth’s inner shadow and take on a reddish hue. Viewing parties will happen at both the Chabot Space and Science Center (10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland) and the Lawrence Hall of Science (One Centennial Dr., Berkeley). At Chabot, astronomers will discuss the science behind eclipses, while at the Lawrence Hall of Science, visitors will be able to make lunar models and see images of what eclipses look like from the Earth and from space. If skies are clear, the eclipse will be visible to the naked eye; telescopes and binoculars will be available for those who want to take a closer look. Hope for clear skies.
Price: $10 general admission, $5 for members